Principles of the Impact Assessment Act (IAA) include:
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Promoting communication and cooperation with Indigenous peoples and respecting their rights.
Meaningfully engaging with the public and Indigenous groups early and often.
Renewing nation-to-nation, Inuit-Crown, and government-to-government relationships.
Making decisions based on science and evidence, including Indigenous and community knowledge.
Reducing duplication through a one project, one assessment approach.
Establishing a fair, predictable, and efficient impact assessment process that enhances Canada’s competitiveness and promotes innovation.
Broadening the factors assessed — both positive and adverse — to protect environmental, health, social and economic conditions.
Assessing cumulative effects of physical activities.
Encouraging improvements to impact assessments through follow-up programs.
Creating certainty and predictability through legislated timelines.
What are some of the main issues that may arise when a designated project is proposed?