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What Will Be the Impact of the New Impact Assessment Agency?

February 18, 2020

The CNA2020 Regulatory and Environmental Affairs pre-conference seminar will once again provide members with an opportunity to hear updates from key regulators, including the newly created Impact Assessment Agency and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC).

On August 28, 2019, the Impact Assessment Act, the Canadian Energy Regulator Act, and the Navigation Protection Act came into force. The Impact Assessment Act creates the new Impact Assessment Agency of Canada and repeals the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act of 2012.

Senior officials from the Impact Assessment Agency will provide an overview of the agency and the act, including the implementation of the act, and changes to the regulations and the impact assessment process. They will focus on how the act will apply to nuclear projects.

The CNSC will join the agency to discuss how the two government agencies are working together with joint review panels.

Following that discussion, Director of Engagement, Partnering and Integrated Planning at the Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Ecosystems Management, Chad Ziai will outline the changes to the Fisheries Act and its new regulations.

To wrap-up the session, CNSC’s Regulatory Policy Directorate Director General Brian Torrie will provide a regulatory update as well as an update on key CNSC initiatives.

Join this CNA2020 pre-conference Regulatory Affairs Seminar on Wednesday, February 26 from 13:00 to 16:00. Registration is required for all pre-conference seminars and is not included in regular conference registration. Please see the registration terms and conditions at for more information and to register.

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