Certain proposed projects are required to submit a Project Notification to the Environmental Assessment Office if their project meets specific criteria, such as project characteristics within a set margin below the threshold that would make a project automatically reviewable under the Reviewable Projects Regulation.
On this page
- Introduction to Project Notifications
- Project Notification Policy
- Where to find in-progress and past Project Notifications
The Environmental Assessment Act, 2018 (the Act) requires certain projects to submit a Project Notification to the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO). For example, a person who proposes a project must submit a Project Notification if the project is within a set margin below the thresholds that make a project automatically reviewable. A reviewable project needs an environmental assessment certificate or exemption order before they can be constructed.
The Project Notification typically contains information about the proposed project, including information about the type of activities and facilities, the history of engagement with Indigenous nations and the public, and the approvals or permits needed for all phases of the project (e.g. construction and operation). Once the EAO receives the Project Notification, the EAO:
- Posts the information for a comment period on the EAO Project Information Centre (EPIC)
- Notifies Indigenous nations, permitting agencies, local governments, and the public about the opportunity to comment
- Conducts any necessary information gathering to prepare a report and recommendation for the Chief Executive Assessment Officer
The EAO uses the Project Notification and information gathered from the activities listed above to consider whether it may be appropriate to bring the project to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy’s attention (the Minister). After considering a variety of factors, the Minister may or may not designate the project as reviewable.
Within 60 days of receiving the Project Notification, the Chief Executive Assessment Officer must do one of the following:
- Submit the Project Notification to the Minister for consideration whether to designate the project as reviewable
- Require further review of the Project Notification
- Determine that no further review of the Project Notification is needed. The project may proceed to permitting with other agencies.
If the project is designated a reviewable project by the Minister, the project needs an environmental assessment certificate before it can be constructed.
Find more information about the process in the Project Notification Policy
- Provides an overview of the relevant sections of the Environmental Assessment Act (2018) and the Reviewable Projects Regulation
- Provides guidance on the typical process conducted by the EAO
- Sets out the Project Notification information requirements
Project Notifications and open engagement opportunities are available on the EAO Project Information Centre (EPIC).