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In February 2018, the Government of Canada introduced proposed legislation Bill C-69 which would enact the Impact Assessment Act and the Canadian Energy Regulator Act, amend the Navigation Protection Act, and make consequential amendments to other Acts.

Bill C-69 would put in place better rules to protect our environment, fish and waterways, and rebuild public trust in how decisions about resource development are made.

Proposed changes to the Navigation Protection Act in Bill C-69 would create a new Canadian Navigable Waters Act (CNWA). This new Act would:

  • restore and better protect your right to move freely over Canada’s waterways
  • advance reconciliation with Indigenous peoples
  • create more accessible and transparent decision-making processes

Public right to navigation

The CNWA would better protect the public right to travel on all navigable waters in Canada. It would:

  • expand the Act to regulate major works (for example, dams and bridges) and obstructions on all navigable waters
  • introduce a fuller definition of “navigable water”
  • create a more inclusive process to add navigable waters to the list – known as the Schedule
  • consider cumulative effects on navigation of multiple projects in a navigable water
  • introduce a new public resolution process to address Canadians’ navigation concerns before a work is built

Reconciliation

The CNWA would allow Transport Canada to engage more closely with Indigenous peoples to:

  • create new agreements and arrangements for how we administer the Act (monitoring, enforcement)
  • ensure Indigenous knowledge is considered and protected
  • explicitly include transport or travel to exercise Indigenous rights in the definition of “navigable water”
  • ensure that potential adverse impacts on Indigenous rights are considered before making a decision under the Act

Better processes

The CNWA would result in more accessible and transparent processes, including:

  • a new online registry with information about projects and regulatory approvals
  • a requirement for owners to provide advance notification for works on any navigable water
  • a requirement that owners provide opportunities for early engagement for works on any navigable water

Transport Canada is proactively developing policies and other program tools to be implemented should Bill C-69 become law. We want to hear from you. Read the related documents in the right hand menu to learn more about our proposed changes.

To participate:

Select “Register” at the top of the page, and join our discussion forum via the “Have Your Say” tab. You can also upload (a) Word or PDF document(s) with your feedback in the “Submissions” tab.

The forum will be open until January 15, 2019.

In February 2018, the Government of Canada introduced proposed legislation Bill C-69 which would enact the Impact Assessment Act and the Canadian Energy Regulator Act, amend the Navigation Protection Act, and make consequential amendments to other Acts.

Bill C-69 would put in place better rules to protect our environment, fish and waterways, and rebuild public trust in how decisions about resource development are made.

Proposed changes to the Navigation Protection Act in Bill C-69 would create a new Canadian Navigable Waters Act (CNWA). This new Act would:

  • restore and better protect your right to move freely over Canada’s waterways
  • advance reconciliation with Indigenous peoples
  • create more accessible and transparent decision-making processes

Public right to navigation

The CNWA would better protect the public right to travel on all navigable waters in Canada. It would:

  • expand the Act to regulate major works (for example, dams and bridges) and obstructions on all navigable waters
  • introduce a fuller definition of “navigable water”
  • create a more inclusive process to add navigable waters to the list – known as the Schedule
  • consider cumulative effects on navigation of multiple projects in a navigable water
  • introduce a new public resolution process to address Canadians’ navigation concerns before a work is built

Reconciliation

The CNWA would allow Transport Canada to engage more closely with Indigenous peoples to:

  • create new agreements and arrangements for how we administer the Act (monitoring, enforcement)
  • ensure Indigenous knowledge is considered and protected
  • explicitly include transport or travel to exercise Indigenous rights in the definition of “navigable water”
  • ensure that potential adverse impacts on Indigenous rights are considered before making a decision under the Act

Better processes

The CNWA would result in more accessible and transparent processes, including:

  • a new online registry with information about projects and regulatory approvals
  • a requirement for owners to provide advance notification for works on any navigable water
  • a requirement that owners provide opportunities for early engagement for works on any navigable water

Transport Canada is proactively developing policies and other program tools to be implemented should Bill C-69 become law. We want to hear from you. Read the related documents in the right hand menu to learn more about our proposed changes.

To participate:

Select “Register” at the top of the page, and join our discussion forum via the “Have Your Say” tab. You can also upload (a) Word or PDF document(s) with your feedback in the “Submissions” tab.

The forum will be open until January 15, 2019.