Cumulative Effects Assessment Practitioners' Guide

Prepared for: Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

Prepared by: The Cumulative Effects Assessment Working Group
(Hegmann, G., C. Cocklin, R. Creasey, S. Dupuis, A. Kennedy, L. Kingsley, W. Ross, H. Spaling and D. Stalker) and AXYS Environmental Consulting Ltd.

February 1999

Important Notice

Those consulting the Cumulative Effects Practitioners Guide with respect to the assessment of a project under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act are encouraged to first read the Operational Policy Statement: Addressing Cumulative Environmental Effects under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. The Operational Policy Statement provides background on the development of the Cumulative Effects Assesment Practitioners Guide and highlights certain differences between the Guide, the Act and previous Agency guidance on the subject. It offers advice to responsible authorities wishing to consult the Guide in addressing these requirements under the federal assessment process.

Disclaimer

This guide is for information purposes only. It is not a substitute for the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (the Act) or any of its regulations. In the event of any inconsistency between this guide and the Act or regulations, the Act or regulations, as the case may be, would prevail.

This document provides guidance on environmental assessment under the provisions of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act as amended on July 12, 2010. It has not been updated to reflect changes to the process introduced in the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012. To ensure that you have the appropriate versions of the Act and regulations, please consult the Department of Justice website.

Relationship to First CEAA Guide on Cumulative Effects

In 1994, the Agency published A Reference Guide for the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act: Addressing Cumulative Environmental Effects. This publication was available as part of the Agency's The Canadian Environmental Assessment Act Training Compendium or under separate cover. That Reference Guide formed the basis of the Agency's response to questions about conducting Cumulative Effects Assessments, and has been widely used and referenced. The Agency has updated the 1994 Reference Guide on Cumulative Environmental Effects to reflect evolving processes and methods to meet requirements under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.

The Practitioners Guide you are now reading represents a CEAA initiative to provide further information on cumulative effects. This Guide is focussed on practical solutions for practitioners conducting Cumulative Effects Assessments and should be considered a supplement, not a replacement, to the Reference Guide.

Relationship to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency has developed a four page policy paper on the Agency's position regarding CEAs under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. This Operational Policy Statement is entitled Addressing Cumulative Effects under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. The policy document does not recount what is contained in the Practitioners Guide but provides the Agency's view on CEA under the Act and the use of this Guide by federal authorities.

Comments about this Guide

This document is an evolving product and is not the "final word" on CEA. It will be updated and revised as the practice of CEA evolves. The CEA Working Group and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency welcome comments and suggestions regarding this Guide. These should be addressed to:

Senior Guidance and Training Officer
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
22nd Floor, Place Bell
160 Elgin Street, Ottawa ON K1A 0H3
Fax: (613) 957-0941
E-mail: training.formation@ceaa-acee.gc.ca.

Citation

Hegmann, G., C. Cocklin, R. Creasey, S. Dupuis, A. Kennedy, L. Kingsley, W. Ross, H. Spaling and D. Stalker. 1999. Cumulative Effects Assessment Practitioners Guide. Prepared by AXYS Environmental Consulting Ltd. and the CEA Working Group for the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, Hull, Quebec.

To Obtain Copies of this Guide

Contact:

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
22nd Floor, Place Bell
160 Elgin Street
Ottawa ON K1A 0H3
Phone (613) 957-0169
Fax (613) 957-0862
E-Mail: info@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

© Minister of Public Works and Government Services, 1999
Cat. No. En106-44/1999E
ISBN: 0-660-17709-9

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