Original language of petition: English
The Impact Assessment Act (IAA) and its regulations establish the legal framework for federal impact assessments. Under subsection 9(1) of the IAA, the Minister has the authority to designate a project that is not listed in the Physical Activities Regulations if, in his opinion, either the carrying out of the project may cause adverse effects within federal jurisdiction or adverse direct or incidental effects, or public concerns related to those effects warrant the designation.
In May 2021, the former Minister of Environment and Climate Change responded, with reasons, to a request to designate the Bradford Bypass Project (the Project), proposed by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (the Proponent), and determined that designation was unwarranted. His response was based on information provided by the province and Indigenous groups; the scientific advice provided by federal expert departments; and the federal, provincial, and municipal regulatory mechanisms in place to manage potential adverse environmental effects in areas of federal jurisdiction as defined in the IAA.
The Minister’s authority to designate a project is typically exercised under exceptional circumstances where the project has the potential to cause adverse effects in areas of federal jurisdiction and where there are no other regulatory oversight mechanisms to address these effects.
Since November 2021, the Minister and the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada received multiple correspondence, including this petition, asking the Minister to reconsider whether the Project warrants designation under the IAA.
Since there has been no material changes to the Project, there is no basis to revisit the former Minister’s determination.
Only validated signatures are counted towards the total number of signatures.
|Province / Territory||Signatures|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||3|
|Prince Edward Island||1|