Ottawa, February 8, 2018 – The Canadian Chamber of Commerce issued the following statement today in response to the federal government’s proposed changes to the Environmental Assessment process:
“The Canadian Chamber is fully supportive of the federal government’s commitment to protecting the environment, supporting reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and ensuring good projects go ahead.
“The measures announced today are a positive step towards addressing the regulatory uncertainty that has become a barrier to investment in Canada’s resource sector.
“Proposals like shortened legislated timelines will help provide businesses with the certainty and timeliness they are seeking, and we are optimistic that the commitment to transparency will help Canadians better understand the evidence and reasoning behind the decisions coming out of the environmental assessment process.
“The changes introduced today also include many new elements and requirements. To protect against unintended consequences we urge government to work closely with Canada’s business community on their implementation, which will be crucial to determining whether these reforms work as intended, or become and additional source of delay and uncertainty.”
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Guillaum W. Dubreuil
Director, Public Affairs and Media Relations
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce