Regulatory

Government of Alberta launches and seeks input on Community Generation Program for renewable electricity

Courtesy of Osler. View the original article here. On November 22, 2018, the Government of Alberta announced that it is investing $200 million of Climate Leadership Plan funds to launch a new Community Generation Program (Program).[1]  The Program will support Alberta in reaching its target of 30% renewable electricity by 2030 and will provide dedicated funding… [Read More…] about Government of Alberta launches and seeks input on Community Generation Program for renewable electricity

New Federal Timelines for Energy Project Approvals

Courtesy of Stikeman Elliott. View original article here. The federal government has proposed controversial new rules to govern approvals for projects, including many Major Energy Projects. The pace and direction of future development of Canada’s energy sector could lie in the balance. Bill C-69 proposes a new 5-stage Impact Assessment process that could easily take… [Read More…] about New Federal Timelines for Energy Project Approvals

Ontario’s Environment Plan: Preserving and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations

Courtesy of McCarthy Tetrault. View original article here. On November 29, 2018, the Ontario government released its Environment Plan: Preserving and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations. This Plan outlines, in broad strokes, the government’s intended actions and policies for addressing many environment-related issues in Ontario, including the pollution of air, land, and water, the reduction of… [Read More…] about Ontario’s Environment Plan: Preserving and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations

First Solar-Specific Power Procurement Announced in Alberta

Courtesy of Osler. View original article here. On October 2, 2018, the Alberta government, through the Minister of Infrastructure (Alberta Infrastructure) released a request for proposals for the first solar-specific renewable power procurement in Alberta (the Solar RFP). Solar RFP procurement process in comparison to the REP Processes Unlike the procurements by the Alberta Electric… [Read More…] about First Solar-Specific Power Procurement Announced in Alberta

No Duty to Consult Indigenous Groups on Legislation – Mikisew Cree First Nation v. Canada

Courtesy of McCarthy Tetrault. View original article here. The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC, or the Court) has ruled that there is no duty to consult Indigenous groups at any stage of the law-making process.[i]  This is an important ruling as the recognition of a justiciable duty to consult in the legislative process would have… [Read More…] about No Duty to Consult Indigenous Groups on Legislation – Mikisew Cree First Nation v. Canada

Supreme Court Creates Uncertainty in Finding No Duty to Consult During the Law-Making Process

Courtesy of Osler. View original article here. The Supreme Court of Canada in Mikisew Cree First Nation v. Canada (Governor General in Council) definitively answered, by a 7-2 majority, that the duty to consult does not apply to the development, passage and enactment of legislation — an issue previously left open by the Supreme Court. However, by… [Read More…] about Supreme Court Creates Uncertainty in Finding No Duty to Consult During the Law-Making Process

Mining Industry Trends: Strategic Investment Transactions

Courtesy of Stikeman Elliott. View original article here. The combination of macroeconomic uncertainty and speculation over trade wars has not been kind to commodity prices or the mining industry lately.  The impact has been especially felt among junior companies without producing assets, as financiers and the public capital markets are reluctant to take on exploration… [Read More…] about Mining Industry Trends: Strategic Investment Transactions

A Steady Judicial Tune Resonates Uncertainty: Federal Court of Appeal Orders Canada to Re-Consult on Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project Approvals

Courtesy of Stikeman Elliott. View original article here. Canada once again faces uncertainty in relation to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project (TMX), which itself is a harbinger of the continued unpredictability surrounding the state of Canada’s regulatory landscape for major energy infrastructure projects as a whole. This latest installment in uncertainty arises due to the recent… [Read More…] about A Steady Judicial Tune Resonates Uncertainty: Federal Court of Appeal Orders Canada to Re-Consult on Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project Approvals

Rounding Out the Climate Plan: Manitoba Supplements Carbon Levy with Proposed Output-based Carbon Pricing System for Large Emitters

Courtesy of McCarthy Tetrault. View original article here. Manitoba recently released its Draft Regulatory Framework for a Made-in-Manitoba Output-based Pricing System (the Draft OBPS Framework), which meets the commitment made by the Manitoba government in its 2017 Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan to develop an output-based pricing system (OBPS) for large industrial emitters. The Draft OBPS Framework follows the… [Read More…] about Rounding Out the Climate Plan: Manitoba Supplements Carbon Levy with Proposed Output-based Carbon Pricing System for Large Emitters

Federal Energy Project Reviews: Timelines in Practice

Courtesy of Stikeman Elliott. View original article here In recent years the timelines to complete Canadian regulatory reviews of proposed major projects – and particularly environmental assessments which are the key part of the project review process – have become a major political issue. Over the last decade or so, project proponents have consistently raised… [Read More…] about Federal Energy Project Reviews: Timelines in Practice