Environmental Impact Assessments

This course will present the pur­pose for an envi­ron­men­tal impact assess­ment, the process from ini­ti­a­tion to com­ple­tion of the EIA, and its place in the appli­ca­tion for a major project. Assess­ment require­ments detailed with­in provin­cial and fed­er­al leg­is­la­tion and reg­u­la­tions will be reviewed. Require­ments and process­es for com­plet­ing a cumu­la­tive envi­ron­men­tal assess­ment with­in the EIA will be described. Dif­fer­ences and sim­i­lar­i­ties between assess­ments for projects falling under Alber­ta’s Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion and Enhance­ment Act and the Cana­di­an Envi­ron­men­tal Assess­ment Act will be illus­trat­ed. Link­ages among these Acts and oth­er leg­is­la­tion in Alber­ta (Water Act, Pub­lic Lands Act) and Cana­da (Fish­eries Act, Nav­i­ga­ble Waters Pro­tec­tion Act) will be dis­cussed. Require­ments for pub­lic and Abo­rig­i­nal con­sul­ta­tion, and the means to gath­er stake­hold­er input into the EIA process and out­comes will be out­lined. Dis­cus­sion of the com­po­nents of the EIA that may lead to approval con­di­tions and require­ments, and how to address these in a way that sets the stage for future cor­po­rate action and gov­ern­ment over­sight. Use of the EIA as a tool in the over­all envi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment of the project will also be discussed.

Course at a glance
What you will learn

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify and describe the basis on which the decisions for environmental impact assessments (EIA) are made.
  • Describe EIA consultation requirements.
  • Describe the federal and provincial EIA processes, including screening and scoping.
    This course has no prerequisites

    Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.

    Take note:

    • Preparatory readings before the course starts is highly recommended; access to resource material on eClass will be opened one week prior to the course start date.
    • Course materials will be made available on eClass (not in printed form); you may bring your device with the resources accessible for each day of class or, if preferred, print out desired material ahead of time.
    • Post-course work (assignments or exams) may be required.
    Currently counts towards

    We recommend that you apply to the program as soon as possible to lock in your course requirements as they are subject to change.

    *If you are already enroled in this program, please refer to your specific program requirements as outlined at the time of your admission: Bear Tracks > Academic Advisement.

    You can register for and take a course without applying and enrolling into the program.

    When will
    this course be offered?

    New course schedules are released each June and November.

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    This course is not currently scheduled, but may be offered in an upcoming term.

    New course schedules are announced each June and November.


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