5.1 Environmental Assessment - Air Transport

1. The Canadian Environmental Assessment Act requires that federal authorities who exercise certain powers, duties or functions in relation to proposed projects ensure, where required, that they be subject to an environmental assessment. An assessment may be required if a federal department or agency proposes a project; provides money or other financial assistance to a project; grants an interest in or transfers control of land to enable a project to proceed; or exercises a regulatory duty in relation to the project, such as issuing a licence, permit or other approval.

2. Certain proposed projects associated with the operation of a commercial air service from an aerodrome or an airport, or the operation of an aeroplane in supersonic flight on a route or in an area not designated under the authority of the Minister of Transport, may require consideration under the Act.

3. The following excerpts from key regulations under the Act may assist you in determining on whether or not an assessment may be required and the level or type of assessment necessary:

  1. Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (SCHEDULE A)
  2. Law List Regulations (SCHEDULE B)
  3. Inclusion List Regulations (SCHEDULE C)
  4. Comprehensive Study List Regulations (SCHEDULE D)
  5. Exclusion List Regulations (SCHEDULE E)

4. Transport Canada, Civil Aviation has to remind air operators of their responsibility to determine whether a federal environmental assessment is required with respect to specific physical works or activities which the operator proposes to undertake. Information in this regard can be obtained directly from federal departments and agencies from whom approval or support for the project is required, or by contacting the appropriate regional office of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. A list of Agency offices is attached (see SCHEDULE F).

5. It should also be noted that certain activities may also require environmental assessment or approval from the provincial government. Air operators should seek information about such requirements directly from the provincial agencies concerned.

SCHEDULE A

Canadian Environmental Assessment Act

SCHEDULE B

Law List Regulations (SOR/94-636)

AIR TRANSPORTATION

1. Provisions of Acts and Regulations that Confer Powers, Duties or Functions on Federal Authorities.

2. Item 30, Schedule I, Part II, "Sonic and Supersonic Flight Order".

SCHEDULE C

Inclusion List Regulations (SOR/94-637)

AIR TRANSPORTATION

Section 35. Refers to the "Sonic and Supersonic Flight Order".

SCHEDULE D

Comprehensive Study List Regulations (SOR/94-638)

AIR TRANSPORTATION

1. Section 30. Refers to the proposed construction or decommissioning of an aerodrome, an airport or an all-season runway.

2. Section 31. Refers to the extension of an all-season runway by 1500 m or more.

SCHEDULE E

Exclusion List Regulations (SOR/94-639)

AIR TRANSPORTATION

1. Section 37. Refers to the proposed expansion or modification of an existing pavement or gravel area within the boundary of an airport.

2. Section 38. Refers to the proposed modification of existing aircraft manoeuvering lights or navigation lights.

SCHEDULE F

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agencies

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Mr. Paul Scott
Director, Western and Northern Region
555 West Hastings St., Suite 1150
P.O. Box 12071, Harbour Centre
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6B 4N5

Tel: (604) 666-6989
Fax: (604) 666-6990

ONTARIO

Mr. Keith Grady
Manager
Fontaine Bldg., 13th Floor
200 Sacré-Coeur Blvd.
Hull, Québec
K1A 0H3

Tel: (819) 953-2989
Fax: (819) 994-1469

ALBERTA

Mr. Ryerson M. Christie
Director, Coordination and Provincial
Liaison
Revillon Bldg., Suite 100
10237-104 Street N.W.
Edmonton, Alberta
T5J 4A1

Tel: (403) 422-7704
Fax: (403) 422-0055 (Temporary)

QUEBEC

Mr. J.-Michel Bourgon
Director
Fontaine Bldg., 13th Floor
200 Sacré-Coeur Blvd.
Hull, Québec
K1A 0H3

Tel: (819) 997-2213
Fax: (819) 994-1469

SASKATCHEWAN & MANITOBA

Mr. Dan McNaugton
Director, Coordination and Provincial
Liaison
Federal Building, Suite 500
269 Main Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3C 1B2

Tel: (204) 984-2457
Fax: (204) 983-4506

ATLANTIC

Mr. William Coulter
Director, Coordination and Provincial Liaison
Canada-Nova Scotia Business Centre
1575 Brunwick Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3J 2G1

Tel: (902) 426-0564
Fax: (902) 426-6530

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