Environmental Impact AssessmentThe Province of PEI has established an environmental impact assessment process for projects that could have an impact on the environment. The provincial and federal governments cooperate to implement a process that ensures a thorough assessment of any submitted project.
When is an environmental impact assessment required?A proposal must be submitted for any manufacturing undertaken that could have a significant effect on the environment. At this point, the Department of Environment, Labour and Justice 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.
What is the process for an EIA?The 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 officials are satisfied that the potential environmental impacts of the undertaking are addressed, the proponent is advised that they must provide the public with an opportunity to review the project, 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.
Projects Under Review
A list of current and recently approved undertakings is noted at the bottom of this page.
Acts and Regulations
- Environmental Protection Act [PDF] Section 9 relates to the Environmental Impact Assessment requirements