Vol. 148, No. 4 — February 12, 2014
SI/2014-6 February 12, 2014
JOBS, GROWTH AND LONG-TERM PROSPERITY ACT
Order Fixing September 24, 2014 as the Day on which Certain Provisions of the Act Come into Force
P.C. 2014-13 January 28, 2014
His Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of the Environment, pursuant to section 162 of the Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity Act, chapter 19 of the Statutes of Canada, 2012, fixes September 24, 2014 as the day on which sections 157 and 158 and subsections 159(2) and (4), 160(1), (3) and (4) and 161(2) and (3) of that Act come into force.
(This note is not part of the Order.)
The Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity Act (the Act) received Royal Assent on June 29, 2012. The purpose of the Order in Council is to fix September 24, 2014, as the day sections 157 and 158 and subsections 159(2) and (4), 160(1), (3) and (4) and 161(2) and (3) of the Act come into force, pursuant to section 162 of the Act. The legislative provisions to be brought into force with the proposed Order are part of the broader federal government initiative aimed at improving the regulatory review process for major projects. The initiative (known as the plan for Responsible Resource Development) focuses on achieving timely and predictable regulatory reviews, reducing regulatory duplication, enhancing Aboriginal consultations, and strengthening protection of the environment and safety.
Subsection 161(2) of the Act amends the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999) to enable the creation of regulations that establish legally binding timelines relating to the disposal at sea permit process and the disposal at sea permit renewal process for resource development projects. Sections 157 and 158 and subsections 159(2) and (4), 160(1), (3) and (4) of the Act amend CEPA 1999 to ensure that existing permit issuance requirements will apply to permit renewals, and establish criteria that, if satisfied, will allow for low-risk, routine disposal at sea permits related to resource development projects to be renewed no more than four times. The reduced length and complexity of applications to renew disposal at sea permits will generate time savings for regulated parties.
Subsection 161(3) of the Act amends CEPA 1999 to enable the creation of regulations prescribing the form of an application for a Canadian permit for disposal at sea or an application to renew a Canadian permit for disposal at sea, including minimum information requirements to be included with permit or renewal applications.
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