The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) is a federal body accountable to the Minister of the Environment. The Agency provides high-quality environmental assessments (EA) that contribute to informed decision making, in support of sustainable development. The Agency is the responsible authority for most federal EAs. The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) and the National Energy Board (NEB) are the authorities responsible for federal EAs of projects they regulate.
The Agency, through its delivery of EAs, serves Canadians by helping to eliminate or reduce a project's potential environmental effects. The Agency:
Through our headquarters in the national capital region and six regional offices, we work with other federal departments and agencies, provinces and territories, Aboriginal groups, environmental organizations, industry and others to deliver high-quality EAs.
Established in 1994, the Agency came into being to prepare for the implementation of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, which came into effect in early 1995.
The Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 came into effect on July 6, 2012.