- Environmental Mitigation Policy
- Engagement: What We Heard
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Federal government agencies with existing environmental mitigation policies are being consulted as part of the 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. A draft principle of the BC Environmental Mitigation Policy is to align as much as possible with existing similar federal policies. This would include 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. Agreements similar to the Canada-British Columbia Agreement on Environmental Assessment Cooperation (2004) may need to be crafted to clarify this alignment.