Ministry of Environment

 

Federal Agency Engagement

Exploring Alignment of Federal/Provincial Mitigation Policies

Federal government agencies with existing environmental mitigation policies were consulted as part of the early engagement process for the BC Environmental Mitigation Policy to help inform the development of the provincial Policy, and to identify areas where the provincial and federal policies can be aligned and/or harmonized. This included the Policy for the Management of Fish Habitat and the Practitioner’s Guide to Habitat Compensation from the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canadian Environmental Assessment policies and guidance, and the Federal Policy on Wetlands Conservation, and the Federal Wild Salmon Policy. Harmonization among federal and provincial policies on the same topic helps simplify and clarify consistent expectations for proponents. Recent revisions to the federal policies are being reviewed and may result in specific points of clarification, however, no major revisions to BC’s Policy are anticipated.