Proposed projects within a Parks Canada heritage place (such as a national historic site or canal, a national park, or a national marine conservation area), may have to undergo an impact assessment in order to enable Parks Canada to identify, evaluate and mitigate any potential adverse environmental effects. The process for reviewing projects is dependent on the type of proposal and the location of the Parks Canada site. For example:
- For projects located in a Parks Canada protected heritage place north of 60o, there are legislated environmental assessment regimes specific to Nunavut, the Mackenzie Valley, the Yukon, and the Inuvialuit settlement region which Parks Canada must comply with. Click here for more information on project-level assessment under northern regimes.
- For projects located in a Parks Canada protected heritage place south of 60o, or in the Northwest Territories portion of the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Parks Canada has an internal process for determining if a project must undergo an environmental assessment to comply with the requirement of the Impact Assessment Act (IAA) to prevent significant adverse environmental impacts resulting from projects on federal lands. Click here for more information on project-level assessment under IAA.