Canada - Manitoba Sign Renewed Agreement on Environmental Assessment Cooperation



    OTTAWA and WINNIPEG, March 5 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable John Baird,
Federal Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for the Canadian
Environmental Assessment Agency, and the Honourable Stan Struthers, Minister
of Manitoba Conservation, today announced the signing of the renewed
Canada-Manitoba Agreement on Environmental Assessment Cooperation.
    Under the bilateral agreement, projects that require a review under both
federal and provincial environmental assessment legislation will undergo a
single, cooperative assessment, meeting the legal requirements of both
governments while maintaining their respective existing roles and
responsibilities.
    "The renewal of this agreement with Manitoba continues to ensure a more
effective and efficient cooperative environmental assessment process," said
Minister Baird. "It demonstrates the willingness of both governments to work
together to achieve a collaborative approach to environmental assessment."
    "The cooperative approach represented by this agreement will continue the
timely assessment process by the two governments," said Minister Struthers.
"We can reduce duplication while ensuring environmental issues are dealt with
fairly and efficiently."
    The agreement provides the framework for federal-provincial cooperation
for the environmental assessment of proposed projects subject to both the
Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and The Environment Act of Manitoba.
    Projects that are subject to both federal and provincial environmental
assessment legislation include municipal and provincial projects that require
federal environmental approvals, permits, licences, or involve federal
funding, such as infrastructure projects.
    This renewed bilateral agreement will replace the 2000 agreement between
Canada and Manitoba, which expired in May 2005. The draft renewed agreement
was subject to a 30-day public consultation from November 15 to December 16,
2005. Comments received from the public were considered in the preparation of
the final text.

    The agreement is available on the Web site of the Canadian Environmental
Assessment Agency at www.ceaa.gc.ca or from Manitoba Conservation's Web site
at www.gov.mb.ca/conservation . A backgrounder along with questions and
answers are also available.
    Printed copies of the agreement can be obtained from the following:

    
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    Canadian Environmental Assessment   Manitoba Conservation and Environment
    Agency                              Library - Winnipeg
    Prairie Region Office               Tel.: 204-945-7100
    Tel.: 204-983-5127
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                                 Backgrounder
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       Renewed Canada-Manitoba Agreement on  Environmental Assessment
                                 Cooperation

    The Governments of Canada and Manitoba have renewed an agreement that
provides coordination of the environmental assessment processes for projects
that are subject to the environmental assessment legislation of both
jurisdictions.
    This renewed agreement:

    - Forms the basis for continued effective and efficient cooperation where
      federal and provincial environmental assessment legislation applies to
      the same project proposal.

    - Preserves each government's authority and legislative requirements.

    - Provides for effective discussion between parties in relation to their
      environmental assessment responsibilities.

    - Provides guidelines to determine a lead party responsible for the
      administration of each cooperative environmental assessment.

    - Sets out the principles for carrying out a cooperative environmental
      assessment and describes the roles and responsibilities of the parties.

    - Provides for the development of project-specific schedules to make the
      cooperative assessment process more timely and efficient.

    - Establishes a single contact in each jurisdiction to coordinate
      consultation, to resolve process issues, and to ensure parties meet
      established timelines.

    - Allows each party to use information generated through the cooperative
      process to make their own decisions and coordinate timing of the
      announcements on the proposed projects.

    - Provides for an ongoing review of the bilateral agreement's
      effectiveness and a thorough evaluation within five years.
    




For further information:

For further information: Media may contact: Lucille Jamault, Senior
Communications Advisor, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, (613)
957-0434; Paul White, Public Affairs Branch, Communications Services Manitoba,
(204) 945-8124


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