Federal Government to Announce Proposed Measures for Streamlining Project Approvals

Environmental, Energy and Resources Law

April 17, 2012

One of the highlights of last month's budget speech was the announcement by the federal government that it would overhaul the environmental approval process for major resources projects.

The measures are expected to include a time limit on the length of reviews, general streamlining of the process, and most significantly, ensuring that only a single review (either federal provincial but not both) is carried out for each project.

The Globe and Mail is reporting that Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver will make a major announcement of the details of the proposed streamlining measures later today.  Further details will follow as they become available.