Environmental Assessment

Transport Canada’s Environmental Assessment (EA) program is one of the three Environmental Management programs under the National Environmental Management System.

The EA program evaluates the environmental effects of projects, in accordance with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) and other federal EA processes in the Northwest Territories, Yukon, and Nunavut. We conduct EAs for proposed projects by proponents as well as for our own operations. An EA is a systematic way to identify the environmental effects (positive or negative) of a project proposal before they occur. This allows those involved in the project to modify the project to prevent, minimize, or manage harmful environmental effects. The EA process is an important planning and decision-making tool for pursuing sustainable development.

At Transport Canada, we also incorporate environmental concerns into planning and policy decision-making through Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA). SEAs are conducted pursuant to the Cabinet Directive on the Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan and Program Proposals.

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