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Environmental Assessment/EIAs

Environmental assessment is required where the complexity and scale of a proposed project, technology, resource allocation, or siting considerations create uncertainty about the exact nature of environmental effects, or result in a potential for significant adverse environmental effects.

The Environmental Assessment process allows companies and government decision makers to examine the effects that a proposed project may have on the environment. The information gathered during the process helps the appropriate Regulatory Board determine if the project is in the public interest.

As of October 1, 2014, the Alberta Energy Regulator is responsible for environmental assessments related to energy resources activity, including upstream oil, oil sands, natural gas, and coal development in the province.

Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) will continue to maintain a single register of all environmental assessment activity information on this website (see Summary of Environmental Assessment Activity).


Assessment Information


Third-Party Contracting (3PC)

Information on 3PC can be found on the Open Government Portal at:

Documents included on the Portal are as follows:

  • Third Party Contracting Model Final Evaluation Report and Action Plan
  • What Contractors Should Know About 3PC
  • What Proponents Should Know About 3PC

E-Mail Information Service

Federal/Provincial Cooperation

In 1999, the governments of Canada and Alberta signed a cooperative agreement to avoid duplication and ensure that environmental assessments are conducted as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Related Links

Contact Information

For further details on the Environmental Assessment process for non-energy related activities or to report issues with this website, please contact Alberta Environmental Assessment at:

Phone: 310-3773 (toll-free)

For information regarding energy related activities, please contact the Alberta Energy Regulator at:

Phone: 1 855 297-8311 (toll-free)


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Updated: Oct 15, 2018