Clarifying the authority to change the classes of projects to which a class environmental assessment process applies

Regulation Number(s):
Instrument Type:
Bill or Act:
Environmental Assessment Act
Summary of Decision:
We have made a minor amendment to the Environmental Assessment Act to make it clearer that the authority to amend a Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) and a Class EA approval, includes changing the types (or classes) of projects that can follow a Class EA.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
There are no direct compliance costs or new administrative burdens associated with the proposal. The proposal is a clarification that would enable cost savings to proponents as a result of following the Class EA process compared to completing an individual or comprehensive EA.
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
Posting Date:
October 7, 2021
Summary of Proposal:
The Environmental Assessment Act includes authority to amend a Class EA by regulation or by Minister's amendment. The related sections of the Act include:
• s.15.1.4 Amendment, etc. by regulation
• s. 15.4 Amendment of an approved class environmental assessment

We are proposing a minor amendment to the Environmental Assessment Act to clarify that the authority includes changing the classes (or types) of projects to which a Class EA applies.
Contact Address:
Environmental Assessment Modernization Branch
135 St Clair Ave West
4th Floor
Toronto, ON
M4V 1P5
Royal Assent Date:
December 2, 2021