October 22, 2020 — The Government of Canada's Impact Assessment Act (IAA) came into force in August 2019 to strengthen environmental protection in Canada, restore trust in how decisions are made, and grow the economy. The IAA prescribes new rules that mean decisions on projects will be guided by science, evidence and Indigenous knowledge. Assessments will look at proposed projects' broader impacts, both positive and negative, including environmental, economic, social, and health.
Could this be you?
The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (the Agency) is seeking applications from persons willing to serve as members of the Impact Assessment Roster (IA Roster) for review panels under the IAA, including for integrated assessments with lifecycle regulators such as the Canada Energy Regulator (CER) or Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC).
The Agency is seeking individuals with knowledge or experience relevant to the Impact Assessment Act. Knowledge of the Nuclear Safety and Control Act or the Canadian Energy Regulator Act would also be asset. Applicants must also have knowledge of the interests and concerns of the Indigenous peoples of Canada that are relevant to impact assessments. Further details regarding requirements can be found below.
What is the IA Roster?
The IA Roster is a list of eligible candidates for appointment by the Minister of Environment and Climate Change as members or chairpersons of independent review panels mandated to assess the potential impacts of designated projects under the IAA. If members of the IA Roster are appointed to an integrated review panel, they could also be cross-appointed as Commissioners of the CER or Commission Members of the CNSC, as needed. The Agency has used a roster to select members for assessment by review panels since 2008.
An impact assessment by review panel is a public review of the potential impacts of a designated project and is conducted by an independent panel of experts. Integrated review panels are established when a designated project includes physical activities that are regulated under the Canadian Energy Regulator Act or the Nuclear Safety and Control Act.
If appointed from the IA Roster, what does a panel member do?
Once appointed to a project-specific review panel, members conduct an impact assessment in accordance with their terms of reference and the requirements of the IAA. Panel members receive and analyze submissions, review documents, hold public hearings, and prepare and submit a report outlining their rationale, conclusions and recommendations to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change. Integrated review panels would also have additional responsibilities as required under the Canadian Energy Regulator Act or the Nuclear Safety and Control Act.
How do I apply?
Candidates cannot be government employees and must be willing to work on a part-time basis. Information on how to apply can be found in either official languages on the Governor in Council appointments website.
To be considered, your curriculum vitae and cover letter should clearly demonstrate how you meet the requirements below. Please include your answers to the screening questions in your letter. Review of applications will begin on November 9, 2020 and candidates are strongly encouraged to submit their applications by this date. After this date, applications will be retained and may be considered up until an appointment to the position is made. Further details regarding eligibility, required qualifications, and how to apply can be found below.
What if I am already a member of the IA Roster?
If you are currently a member of the IA Roster and want to be considered for appointment to an integrated review panel with lifecycle regulators, which includes the CER or CNSC, you are required to re-apply. You remain eligible to be appointed to other review panels.
What happens next?
A selection committee will conduct the assessment and screening of applicants.
Successful candidates would be placed on the IA Roster for a six-year term and considered for panel appointments, as necessary. The Governor in Council could also consider successful candidates for cross-appointment to integrated review panels with the CER or CNSC, as necessary.
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