Webinar – Environmental Assessment is Not Red Tape

Environmental Assessment is Not Red Tape – A Primer on Recent Changes in Ontario

Originally recorded on October 22, 2020

The provincial government has made sweeping changes to environmental assessment (EA) law in Ontario, ending long-standing public safeguards designed to protect the environment and our health. These changes have serious and alarming impacts for Ontarians: not only do they restrict the applicability of EA processes to new projects and developments, but they also increase uncertainty about how new projects will be reviewed.

This webinar, originally recorded on October 22, 2020, provided an overview of the key changes, discussed the proposed EA project list regulation posted on the EBR Registry for public comment, and advised participants what they could do to push back against these reforms.

Presenters were Rick Lindgren, CELA Counsel, and Kerrie Blaise, Northern Services Counsel for CELA.  Their slide decks are available as separate downloads below:
Kerrie Blaise – Environmental Assessment is Not Red Tape – part 1
Rick Lindgren – Environmental Assessment is Not Red Tape – part 2


CELA’s preliminary review of the Province of Ontario’s proposed project list under the Environmental Assessment Act.

Blog post by CELA counsel Rick Lindgren about the province’s recent changes to environmental assessment in Ontario.

Casework page on the judicial review of Bill 197.