This module introduced you to the Impact Assessment phase. The key summary points are as follows:
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The prime focus of Phase 3 of the impact assessment process is the assessment of potential effects and impacts related to a designated project by the Agency, with support from federal authorities and other participants.
An impact assessment by the Agency draws on information provided by the proponent in the Impact Statement.
The assessment considers potential environmental, health, social and economic effects of proposed projects, including adverse and positive effects. Potential impacts on Indigenous peoples and their rights are also assessed and consulted upon.
The timeline for assessments by the Agency is a maximum of 300 days from the start of the impact assessment phase to the submission of the Impact Assessment Report and potential conditions to the Minister.
During the Impact Assessment phase, the Impact Assessment Report and potential conditions are developed.
An impact assessment is based on science, Indigenous knowledge, and other sources of evidence provided by the proponent in the Impact Statement, as well as from contributions from the federal authorities, other jurisdictions, Indigenous groups, the public and, where necessary, an external technical review.
The Impact Assessment Report is a document that supports the public interest determination during the Decision-making phase. The document provides the Minister of Environment and Climate Change or Governor in Council with enough information to inform the public interest determination.