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April 25, 2019

Associations of Consulting Engineering Companies share their concerns on Bill C-69 with Senators



(Saint John, NB) – April 25, 2019 – Today, the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies – Canada, and the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies – New Brunswick, are in Saint John, New Brunswick appearing in front of the Senate Standing Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources.  The associations will be sharing members’ concerns in regards to Bill C-69, An act to enact the Impact Assessment Act and the Canadian Energy Regulator Act.

As part of the committee’s consultation process, the associations will deliver the message that while it is important to modernize and improve the regulatory system, an emphasis needs to be put on clarity, consultation and regulations.

“While we applaud the government’s review of the regulatory system, we also need to express our industry’s concerns regarding the lack of clarity with Bill C-69 in its current iteration and its potential contribution to the ‘cumulative impact’ of regulation on investment in projects in Canada,” said Christy Cunningham, Executive Director of ACEC–NB.

ACEC–Canada and ACEC–NB will also underscore the importance of addressing the major concerns around Bill C-69 in the legislation itself, properly enshrined in the Act, rather than wait until after the adoption, in the regulations to follow. This will ensure a robust, efficient, effective and transparent process is clearly outlined and used.

“It is imperative to make sure the right projects proceed, the right way. The best outcome is when impact assessments allow projects with economic, social, and environmental merit to proceed in a timely and responsible manner”, said John D. Gamble, President and CEO of the ACEC–Canada during closing remarks.

Consulting engineering in Canada is a $27.7 billion a year industry. Our associations represent the voice of consulting engineering here in New Brunswick and across Canada. Nationally, we represent over 400 companies that provide engineering and other professional services across the country and internationally.


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