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Introducing the Impact Assessment Act’s Sustainability-Based Agenda


From: The Next Generation of Impact Assessment


This chapter draw on the available literature and lessons from experience to address four areas: the basics of what “contribution to sustainability” now means and entails and what that means for elaboration and application of the provisions of the Act; the foundations for evaluating the Act and the initial regulations and policy guidance under the Act in light of the core requirements for a sustainability-based assessment regime; the overall strengths and limitations of the law and initial guidance on sustainability-related matters; and openings and means for improvement in these areas.



Robert B. Gibson

Robert B Gibson is a professor in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo. He has worked on improving assessment law and application since the mid-1970s, including in federal jurisdiction, most provinces, and all three territories and with several Indigenous authorities. His assessment-related efforts for the past few decades have focused mostly on integration of serious commitment to sustainability in next-generation assessment law and practice and in individual assessments at the project and strategic levels. His most recent book is Sustainability Assessment: Applications and Opportunities (Routledge, 2017).