Our clients typically seek to complete projects within a tight regulatory system and with high public profile. All too often, proponents of projects undergoing Environmental Assessments (EAs) find that projects become delayed by the process or that public or agency opposition may affect the feasibility of the project. The timely and successful fulfillment of all regulatory requirements is often a key driving force in the schedule to implement projects.
Prior to undertaking many engineering projects in Canada, Environmental Assessments (EAs) are required by provincial and federal legislative requirements. While most projects have streamlined assessments through approved Class EA processes, a project with a perceived greater environmental risk must undergo an individual EA with unique terms of reference. We view the EA process as guiding the delivery of the project, from identification of problems to implementation of solutions.
COLE has significant experience in satisfying all aspects of both provincial and federal EA processes. Our initial steps in completing projects requiring EAs are to clearly define the problems and opportunities that are driving the project. Once the key project drivers are identified, we have found that successful consultation and engagement of affected parties early in the project assists in making all stakeholders feel like they are valued members of the project team. As part of the team, stakeholders have opportunities to provide meaningful input to the development of the project while building consensus around a preferred solution. The end results of our EA process are approved projects, ready for implementation, with the support of affected stakeholders, agencies and the general public.