British Columbia Environmental Assessment Act Reviewable Projects Regulation

Last updated: 11 December 2023

The Reviewable Projects Regulation (RPR), B.C. Reg. 243/2019, establishes the criteria to identify projects requiring environmental assessments in British Columbia. This includes defining project categories and setting thresholds indicating potential adverse effects for each type. Projects falling within these categories and meeting the specific thresholds are termed "reviewable projects" and must undergo an assessment under the RPR. For example, a new mine facility with an operational production capacity of at least 75,000 tonnes/year of mineral ore is mandated to have an assessment.

This regulation aligns with the Environmental Assessment Act, which provides a framework for reviewing major projects to evaluate their potential environmental, economic, social, heritage, and health impacts throughout their lifecycle. The Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) oversees this process in British Columbia, ensuring that major projects adhere to sustainability goals.

The assessment process is inclusive and participatory, offering opportunities for involvement from the public, First Nations, communities, and government agencies. It encompasses:

  • Public consultations and involvement opportunities.
  • Consultations with First Nations.
  • Conducting technical studies to identify and assess potential significant adverse effects.
  • Developing strategies to prevent or mitigate adverse effects.
  • Setting project requirements and conditions for compliance if a project is approved.
  • Creating comprehensive reports that summarize inputs and findings.

This approach ensures that major projects are evaluated comprehensively, considering various perspectives and impacts.

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