TORONTO The governments of Canada and Ontario have drafted an agreement on environmental assessment co-operation, and the respective environment ministers invite comment from interested parties. The 30-day public consultation period will be from April 15 to May 14, 2004.
The proposed agreement will co-ordinate the environmental assessment process for projects that are subject to both jurisdictions, and proposes a single point of contact. It will also set up a more effective and consistent process in which each level of government can fulfill its environmental assessment responsibilities in a timely manner, while contributing to environmental protection Copies of the draft agreement can be viewed on the Web sites of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca, or the Ontario Ministry of the Environment at www.ene.gov.on.ca.
Interested individuals or groups are invited to submit their comments on the draft agreement no later than May 14, 2004. Direct your comments in the official language of your choice to either of the following:
Louise Knox, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
55 St. Clair Ave. E., Room 907, Toronto, ON, M4T 1M2
Tel.: (416) 952-1575 or Fax: (416) 952-1573
Jim O’Mara, Ontario Ministry of the Environment
2 St. Clair Ave. W., Floor 12A, Toronto, ON, M4V 1L5
Tel.: (416) 314-7288 or Fax: (416) 314-8452
Comments will be shared and considered by both the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment.