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Update: new Application Information Requirements (AIR) template and supporting materials from the BC Environmental Assessment Office are now available online

The Compliance and Enforcement Policy and Procedure and a revised version of the User Guide: An Overview of the Environmental Assessment Process in BC were recently posted to the Environmental Assessment Office website. Additionally, the Application Information Requirements (AIR) template has been revised and sets out the information that must be provided by a proponent in an application for an Environmental Assessment Certificate.  The AIR is used to determine whether an application contains all the necessary information and therefore may proceed to the review stage of the environmental assessment.

Some highlights of the new AIR template:

  1. Adds new information requirements relating to Valued Components  that are selected for assessment, study area boundaries and methodology (consistent with the Guideline for the Selection of Valued Components and Assessment of Potential Effects);
  2. Adds a new chapter to Part B to discuss the requirements of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act 2012 (for substituted projects);
  3. Adds hyperlinks to emerging guidance and tools relevant to environmental assessments (such as heritage effects, public consultation, substitution details,  government’s environmental mitigation policy and tailings management requirements);
  4. Adds guidance for linking to documents already posted to on the EAO’s on-line Electronic Project Information Centre (ePIC) to avoid having to repeat information (e.g. Proponent Description/Project Description, VC Selection Document); and
  5. Formatting changes throughout.

For more information, please see the BC EAO website here.