Environmental Impact Assessment
The Province of PEI has established an environmental impact assessment process for projects that could have an impact on the environment. The Province and the Federal Government cooperate in the implementation of the process to ensure a thorough assessment is conducted of any submitted project.
Any manufacturing undertaking which could have a significant effect on the environment must be submitted in proposal form to the PEI Department of Environment, Labour and Justice. At this point, the department will decide whether an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is warranted. The purpose of this process is to predict the impact of the project early in the planning stage.
ProcessThe Department of Environment, Labour and Justice has a technical review committee whose members examine the study for completeness, and determine whether more information is required. When the department is satisfied that the potential environmental impacts of the undertaking are addressed, it advises the proponent that they must provide the public with an opportunity to review the project and offer comments or raise any concerns. These concerns are forwarded to the Department of Environment, Labour and Justice to consider prior to making a final decision on the undertaking. Should legitimate concerns be identified through the public consultation process, which were not adequately addressed in the document, additional study may be required.
Once the assessment process has been completed, the Minister of Environment, Labour and Justice decides whether to issue or deny approval of the undertaking.
A list of current and recently approved undertakings is noted at the bottom of this page.
Acts and RegulationsThe Environmental Protection Act is online as a PDF document. Section 9 of the Act relates to the Environmental Impact Assessment requirements.