OTTAWA – The federal government is expected to table a suite of environmental legislation this week, including a bill from the Minister of Environment and Climate Change overhauling federal environmental assessment and the National Energy Board as well as a second bill from the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard to amend the Fisheries Act.
“The time has finally come to see if government has delivered on its promise to restore and modernize Canada’s key environmental laws. We are cautiously optimistic that these bills will result in stronger laws that better protect Canadians and the environment,” said Joshua Ginsberg, director of legislative affairs at Ecojustice.
The omnibus bill will introduce an Impact Assessment Act (to replace the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012), an Energy Regulator Act (to replace the National Energy Board Act), as well as a bill to amend the Navigation Protection Act.
Mr. Ginsberg and other Ecojustice legal experts are available to comment on the bills once they are introduced, or to discuss expectations.