Bloomberg Law
June 21, 2019, 2:30 PM

Canada Widens Scope of Project Approvals Despite Oil Company Ire

A broad range of social, economic, and health impacts will become part of the federal permitting plan for major industrial, transportation, and energy projects in Canada under a bill Parliament approved.

Bill C-69 passed Canada’s Senate June 20, and Governor General Julie Payette will soon approve the bill into law.

The bill will transform the federal system from one that focuses purely on negative environmental effects to one that will examine the broader effects of a project, including whether a project advances sustainability.

It also will introduce new timelines for permitting and measures to account for the cumulative ...

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