Impact Assessment Act
Pursuant to section 95 of the Act, Environment and Climate Change Canada published the Strategic Assessment of Climate Change in July 2020, which provides guidance on how assessments should be conducted.
The Canadian government indicated in a June 2021 policy statement its intention to phase out thermal coal mining by 2030 in order to meet the Impact Assessment Act's requirements with regard to the assessment of public interest of new projects.
Related litigation cases
On May 11, 2020, on behalf of Ecology Action Centre, Sierra Club Canada Foundation and WWF-Canada, Ecojustice took legal action against the Canadian government, alleging a failure to properly assess the risks of exploratory drilling for oil and gas off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. The ...