Overview

The Government of Canada’s Bill C-69 changes how major infrastructure projects are assessed and approved, including oil and gas pipelines, electricity transmission and major highways and ports. The bill was passed in the House of Commons and is now with the Senate for review.

If passed in its current form, the bill hurts the competitiveness of Alberta’s industries and creates an inconsistent and unpredictable review process. This uncertainty is already affecting investment, communities and workers – and it will only get worse.

Ensuring Alberta’s natural resources are developed and transported in a responsible manner is vital to the national economy and the quality of life of all Canadians.

We urge the federal government to:

  • immediately release the project list and other supporting regulations so the public, government and industry can have a full understanding of how the new system would function
  • delay the implementation of the bill
  • work government-to-government to find solutions that work for Canada as a whole
  • ensure adequate consultation takes place to put in a system that benefits all Canadians

What's going on

If passed by the Senate in its current form, Bill C-69 would:

  • replace the federal Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 with a new Impact Assessment Act that would impose new review criteria, some that are within areas of provincial responsibility
  • change how major infrastructure projects are reviewed
  • replace the National Energy Board with an entirely new Canadian Energy Regulator

Alberta's position

Canada needs a transparent and predictable regulatory system that ensures projects in the national interest go forward in a timely manner, balances the economy and the environment, and provides binding decisions.

Alberta supports what the federal government is trying to achieve in principle. However, in its current form, Bill C-69 will only further hurt our provincial and national economy by increasing uncertainty and inconsistency in how projects are evaluated. This will have a devastating effect on our competitiveness as a resource-rich economy.

The federal bill also ignores Alberta's world-leading Climate Leadership Plan that we, along with industry, have implemented and made significant progress to reduce emissions.

Alberta is specifically concerned with:

  • the types of projects subjected to federal review
  • the significant proposed extensions to project review timelines
  • how upstream emissions will be evaluated and the inclusion of downstream emissions in reviews
  • the broadening of issues that will be looked at as part of reviews
  • the federal government making decisions on areas that do not belong to them and are a provincial responsibility
  • the removal of the standing test that determines who can participate in hearings for projects under review

What we're doing

Alberta has participated in the Bill C-69 review process from the beginning, and we will continue to make sure our concerns are heard. We’re also working with stakeholders, including industry and First Nations groups, to understand their concerns and discuss strategies moving forward.

At the end of the day, we all have the same goals in mind – ensuring our country remains a competitive place to do business, while protecting the environment and the economic well-being of hardworking Albertans and Canadians.

How we got here

Alberta’s key events and actions on Bill C-69.

  • February 28, 2019

    Premier Rachel Notley appears before the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources.

  • February 7, 2019

    Representatives from the Alberta Energy Regulator and officials from the Government of Alberta spoke to members of the Senate about concerns around Bill C-69.

  • October 24, 2018

    Environment and Parks Minister Shannon Phillips met with Canada’s senators in Ottawa to raise Alberta’s concerns with the legislation.

  • October 9, 2018

    Premier Rachel Notley sent a letter and technical submission to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reiterating Alberta’s concerns.

  • September 25, 2018

    Premier Rachel Notley calls for changes to Bill C-69 and commits to sending two cabinet ministers to Ottawa to meet with senators who are reviewing the bill.

  • July 18-20, 2018

    At a meeting in Saint Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada’s premiers call upon the federal government to provide clarity and details on the bill and to respect provincial jurisdiction and existing provincial assessment practices.

  • May 31, 2018

    Alberta’s Ministers of Environment and Parks, Energy and Indigenous Relations sent a letter and technical submission to relevant federal counterparts to comment on the federal discussion paper on regulatory and environmental reviews.

  • February 8, 2018

    The Government of Canada introduced Bill C-69: An Act to enact the Impact Assessment Act and the Canadian Energy Regulator Act, to amend the Navigation Protection Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts.

  • October 2, 2017

    Alberta Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd sent a letter to the federal Minister of Natural Resources to share Alberta’s concerns and request a meeting.

  • August 28, 2017

    Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd and Environment and Parks Minister Shannon Phillips sent a joint letter and technical submission to the Government of Canada, commenting on the federal discussion paper on regulatory and environmental reviews.

  • June 14, 2017

    Alberta Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd sent a letter and technical submission to the federal Minister of Natural Resources on the National Energy Board Modernization expert panel report.

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