Environmental Assessment

Environmental Assessment (EA) is an important planning and decision-making tool used in pursuing the goal of sustainable development. The environmental assessment process is used to identify and understand the effects of proposed initiatives on the environment. Consideration of environmental effects in the early planning stages of an initiative ensures informed decision making which influences the integrated management and sustainable development of natural resources.

In assessing its initiatives, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) must comply with both the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012) and the Cabinet Directive on the Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan and Program Proposals.