Who should attend
Students from all educational backgrounds welcome.
About the course
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
- Course delivered in five days of intensive learning.
- In-class, lecture-based course with group work and case study review.
- Aimed at individuals transitioning into the environmental field, as well as mid-level professionals in sectors involving environmental aspects, this course will also be of value to agrologists, biologists, engineers, industrial managers, foresters, technologists, and others who wish to update their skills and knowledge in this area.
- Recognized by the Alberta Institute of Agrologists (AIA) as a senior agrology course related to entrance into the profession and to augment core knowledge requirements related to a practice area.
- This course may be recognized as educational or continuing professional development credits by ECO Canada, the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists (ASPB), the College of Alberta Professional Foresters (CAPF), and the Association of Science & Engineering Technology Professionals Of Alberta (ASET).
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.
- 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.
Because of COVID-19, many providers are cancelling or postponing in-person programs or providing online participation options.
We are happy to help you find a suitable online alternative.