Environmental Regulatory Compliance for
Highway Development and Operations

Environmental Assessment — Provincial

Potential Approval, Permit or Code of Practice Requirements:

  • British Columbia Environmental Assessment Certificate


B.C.'s Environmental Assessment Office coordinates the impact assessment and review of certain major projects as required under the Environmental Assessment Act. Part 8 of the Reviewable Projects Regulation defines the types of planned public highway projects that are subject to review under the Act. They include:

  • 20 or more continuous km of new 2-or-more lane paved public highway
  • the addition of 2-or-more lanes of paved public highway to an existing paved highway over a continuous distance of 20 km or more.

Part 5 of the Reviewable Projects Regulation defines Water Management Projects, including shoreline modification work, that are reviewable under the Act. Shoreline modification work could potentially be part of the scope of work of a major transportation project, thus making the project reviewable under the Act. This includes, but is not limited to works that result in changes in or about a stream, marine coastline or estuary and result in physical disturbance of 1,000m or more of linear shoreline or 2 hectares or more of foreshore or submerged land, or a combination of foreshore and submerged land, below the natural boundary of a stream, marine coastline or estuary. Under Section 7 of the Act, a proponent can request that the project be designated “reviewable” and that the Environmental Assessment Office manage the assessment despite the project not otherwise being reviewable under the Act.


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