Working with Other Agencies
A comprehensive environmental assessment requires collaboration between multiple First Nations, provincial, federal, and in some cases, American agencies. This collaboration continues in many cases for the life of the project.
EAO MOUs and Agreements
Below is a list of in-place agreements and Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) between the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) and other agencies and between EAO and First Nations.
- Agreements between EAO and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
- Memorandum of Understanding between Canada and British Columbia on Substitution of Environmental Assessments
- Agreement and Project Listing between the EAO and the National Energy Board
- Memorandum of Understanding between EAO and the Oil and Gas Commission (OGC) regarding Reviewable Projects
- Memorandum of Understanding between the B.C. Utilities Commission and EAO (PDF) (December 2009)
- Agreements between B.C. and U.S. States with respect to environmental assessments
- Memorandum of Understanding for the Blackwater Gold Environmental Assessment signed with Ulkatcho First Nation and Lhoosk'uz Dené Nation. News Release (PDF) and Signed Memorandum of Understanding (PDF) (October 2016)
- Collaboration Terms of Reference with Metlakatla and LaxKwalaams (PDF) (June 2018)
- TKN Kemess Underground Collaboration Plan (PDF) (February 2017)
- Stk'emlupsemc te Secwepemc Nation Ajax Government to Government Framework and Environmental Assessment Collaboration Plan (PDF, 10.22MB) (September 2016)
The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is the federal counterpart to British Columbia's Environmental Assessment Office. The EAO and CEAA maintain a strong relationship to ensure projects requiring both federal and provincial environmental assessments are conducted as efficiently as possible.
- Memorandum of Understanding between the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) on Substitution of Environmental Assessments. Fact Sheet (PDF) and MOU on Substitution between EAO and CEAA (PDF, 6.7MB) (March 2013)
- Agreement between EAO and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA)(PDF) (December 2008)
- Delegation Agreement between EAO and CEAA for the proposed Northwest Transmission Line Project (PDF, 1.3MB)
- Memorandum of Agreement on the assessment process for the Prince Rupert Fairview Terminal Phase II Facility Expansion Project (PDF)
- Canada - British Columbia Agreement on Environmental Assessment Cooperation. Backgrounder (PDF) and Canada - B.C. Agreement on EA Cooperation (PDF) (2004)
Memorandum of Understanding between Canada and British Columbia on Substitution of Environmental Assessments
When a project falls under both provincial and federal environmental assessment responsibility, there is an agreement (PDF, 6.7MB) in place which ensures that the two governments will carry out a single, cooperative environmental assessment while retaining their respective decision-making powers. This means Provincial and Federal ministers make independent decisions on whether to issue an Environmental Assessment Certificate from a single report. This is called Substitution. This one project, one assessment approach saves considerable time, money and resources for both governments, proponents, and those being consulted in the EA process, such as Indigenous Groups, stakeholders, and the public.
This is a different approach from equivalency, where the province may accept an Environmental Assessment undertaken by another jurisdiction.
- Memorandum of Understanding (PDF, 6.7MB) (March 2013)
- Fact Sheet on Substitution for LNG Canada (PDF) (June 2015)
- Meeting Statutory Requirements under CEAA 2012 Paragraph 5(1)(c) (PDF) (November 2015)
- Assessment of Effects to Section 5(1)(c) (PDF) (August 2015)
- Meeting Statutory Requirement under CEAA Paragraphs 5(1)(a), 5(1)(b), 5(2)(a), and 5(2)(b)(PDF) (November 2015)
- Substitution Process Diagram (PDF) (November 2015)
Fifteen projects have been approved by the Federal Minister for substituted environmental assessments to be conducted:
On June 21, 2010, the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) and the National Energy Board (NEB) entered into an agreement (NEB-EAO Agreement (PDF, 1.06MB)) which states the EAO will accept the NEB's environmental assessment of a proposed project (that otherwise would have to be reviewed under the Environmental Assessment Act) as an equivalent assessment, and that the proposed project may proceed without a provincial environmental assessment certificate.
There is also an EAO Fact Sheet on this agreement: EAO/NEB Fact Sheet (PDF).
The following projects are subject to this Agreement. Information about these projects can be found on the National Energy Board's web site.
- Dawson Project
Westcoast Energy Inc.
- Enbridge Northern Gateway Project
Northern Gateway Pipelines Limited Partnership
- Fort Nelson North Gas Processing Facility
Westcoast Energy Inc.
- Horn River Project
Nova Gas Transmission Ltd.
- Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project
Kinder Morgan Canada
- B.C. NEB Trans Mountain Final Argument (PDF, 3.70MB) (January 2015)
Memorandum of Understanding between EAO and the Oil and Gas Commission (OGC) regarding Reviewable Projects
In October, 2013 the EAO and the Oil and Gas Commission signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the two agencies in fulfilling their respective roles by reducing duplication, improving timeliness and strengthening compliance and enforcement.
- Memorandum of Understanding between the Oil and Gas Commission (OGC) and EAO (PDF)
- News Release on the OGC and EAO's Memorandum of Understanding (PDF
- Memorandum of Understanding between the Washington State Department of Ecology and the Environmental Assessment Office (PDF) (October 2003)
- Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation on Environmental Protection, Climate Action and Energy between the Province of British Columbia and the State of Montana (PDF) (2010)
- Statement of Cooperation on the Protection of Transboundary Waters between Alaska and British Columbia, Attachment 2: Reciprocal Procedures (PDF) (2016)