Recommendations on Terms of Reference for Strategic Assessment of Thermal Coal Mining

Impact Assessment Act, strategic assessment, coal
Anna Johnston, Staff Counsel

In July 2020, the federal government released draft terms of reference for a strategic assessment of thermal coal mining – the first strategic assessment conducted under Canada’s new Impact Assessment Act. Done right, a strategic assessment could help halt the mining and export of this carbon-intensive product. However, the terms of reference describe a process that falls far short of the mark.

In this submission, we recommend a world-leading strategic assessment process that will not only help Canada reduce global carbon emissions, but also set the stage for successful future assessments.

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