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The planning and design of municipal infrastructure projects must meet the requirements of the Environmental Assessment Act, a provincially legislated document that governs all public undertakings that have the potential to affect the environment. In this sense, the term "environment" is broadly applied to include the natural, social, cultural, constructed, and economic environments. The Environmental Assessment Act essentially defines a planning and design process that proponents of projects must follow to ensure that all environmental impacts are considered, and any effects appropriately mitigated, before their project is implemented.

The Environmental Assessment Act also establishes a Class Environmental Assessment process to streamline the planning of municipal projects — including some road, water, sewage, and stormwater projects.

Learn more about the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Process.