An impact assessment is based on science, Indigenous knowledge, and other sources of evidence provided by the proponent in the Impact Statement, as well as from contributions from the federal authorities, other jurisdictions, Indigenous groups, the public and, where necessary, an external technical review.

The impact assessment analysis includes:

Select each item for more information.

Item 1

An analysis of positive and adverse effects likely to be caused by the designated project (i.e., the assessment must take into account the impact assessment factors [IAA, s.22(1)] as described in the Tailored Impact Statement Guidelines; these were introduced in module 2 of this course).

Item 2

The identification of adverse effects within federal jurisdiction and adverse direct or incidental effects (resulting from federal decisions).

Item 3

An analysis of the extent to which the adverse effects within federal jurisdiction, and the adverse direct or incidental effects, are significant.

For those adverse effects within federal jurisdiction, as well as for adverse direct or incidental effects, the Agency will draft potential conditions for the Minister to consider issuing to the proponent in the Decision Statement.

What about effects that are not within federal jurisdiction?

Glossary: Direct or incidental effects, Decision Statement, Effects within Federal Jurisdiction, Impact assessment factors [IAA, S.22(1)]