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Country profileCanada: Yukon Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment Act (S.C. 2003, c. 7).
Long title: An Act to establish a process for assessing the environmental and socio-economic effects of certain activities in Yukon.

Date of original text: 13 May 2003. Date of consolidation/reprint: 18 June 2015.
Type of text: Legislation

Available web site: www.gov.yk.ca
Full text available (English, French): can134411.pdf

Comments: The present Act has been amended last on 18 June 2015, as current to 9 November 2016.

Abstract:
The present Act, in fulfilment of certain obligations under the Umbrella Final Agreement between Canada, the Yukon Territory and the Council of Yukon Indians, creates a process for assessing the environmental and socio-economic effects of activities in Yukon. The Act also establishes a Yukon Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment Board with assessment staff in six or more designated offices in communities throughout Yukon. They serve as the main instruments for the assessment of the environmental and socio-economic effects of activities in Yukon. Furthermore, the Act provides for the making of regulations prescribing lists of activities that may be subject to assessment, and governing decision-making in response to recommendations made by assessment bodies. The text consists of 134 sections divided into 3 Parts as follows: Yukon Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment Board and designated offices (1); Assessment process and decision documents (2); Transitional provisions, consequential and coordinating amendments and commencement (3). One Schedule is enclosed.

Descriptors (Environment gen.): pollution control; EIA; environmental security; indigenous peoples; institution; traditional knowledge/indigenous knowledge; monitoring; environmental audit; ecofriendly products/ecofriendly processes; access-to-justice

FAOLEX No: LEX-FAOC134411