The public participation process provides the general public the opportunity to prepare and submit meaningful input so that the Minister can consider all views on a project before a final decision is made.
The Public Participation Fact Sheet provides information on
- The Environmental Assessment (EA) review process,
- The proposed project’s potential environmental impacts, and
- Proposed mitigation plans.
Duty to Consult
Consultation is integral to the EA process. In some instances, projects determined to be a 'development' under the Environmental Assessment Act (the Act) may require the ministry to consult with First Nations and Métis organizations.
When the Minister’s decision of a development leads to actions that have the potential to adversely impact Treaty and Aboriginal rights and traditional land uses, the ministry has a Duty to Consult with First Nations and Métis communities in advance of the decision. The ministry will consult in accordance with the First Nation and Métis Consultation Policy Framework (June 2010), and will approach its duty to consult with First Nations and Métis in good faith.
Documents Available for Public Comment
When the technical review of a proponent's Environmental Impact Statement is complete, Section 11 of the Act requires the Minister make the Statement and the conclusions of the technical review available to the public.