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The new Canadian Impact Assessment Registry

In support of the new Impact Assessment Act, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency has implemented a new online Registry. The new Canadian Impact Assessment Registry provides increased access to information and expands on the capabilities of the previous Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry.

The new Registry delivers greater transparency about proposed projects and makes it easier for Canadians to have a say in projects that concern them.

What’s new

May 27, 2020 – Improvements were implemented to the Registry to enhance the search and online commenting experience. Our latest release responds to the concerns and views raised by the user community and stakeholders. These include:

  • combining documents and comments within a single search results page;
  • comments with attachments now display as a single search result;
  • optimizing the relevance of search results for bilingual documents based on the primary language of the user interface;
  • records that may be available in more than one format will also be displayed as a single result;
  • disabling the map view from the search results page when search is limited to documents or comments;
  • comments will now open up on a new page instead of a pop-up, which enables users to have a unique URL that can be copied and shared to reference specific feedback;
  • adding a progress bar when comments are submitted online and displaying a message to confirm receipt; and
  • distinct sign-in pages for federal administrators and public commenters which clarifies that public users only need to authenticate to submit a comment using the online commenting tool.

New tools and enhanced functionalities

Based on feedback gathered throughout extensive consultations with Canadians and user experience design principles, the Registry now offers new tools and enhanced functionalities in order to:

Find and access information about assessments

Project pages offer easier navigation, including project details, an interactive map, latest updates, nearby projects and key documents.

Key documents to conduct an impact assessment are accessible directly from the project page while all the other documents are available from the “List all records” hyperlink.

Improve search capabilities

We have significantly improved the search function to help users find the information they are looking for. The keyword and reference number search offers results listed by relevance. Users are able to customize their search results with filters to help them pinpoint the information for which they are looking.

Users can browse a list of active projects, view assessments on an interactive map or access a list of opportunities where they can get involved.

Give feedback on projects subject to an assessment

The Registry provides users with an easier way to communicate their views with the Agency. It introduces an online commenting tool allowing users to read the comments submitted by others and submit their own from the assessment page.

The ability to provide online feedback on projects is subject to social media authentication and agreement to the Terms of Use and Submission Policy.

Additional improvements will be implemented through ongoing releases.

If you have questions or require assistance or if you have ideas for future improvements, please contact the Registry team at

Additional information

For additional information on the Registry, consult the Registry’s Frequently Asked Questions page.

If you want to learn more about federal impact assessments, consult the Agency’s website.

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