Environmental assessments (EAs) are critical components of mining licensing and permitting processes. In this report, Transparency International Canada analyzes the transparency and accountability of EA processes in three of Canada’s largest mining operation and exploration jurisdictions (Ontario, British Columbia, and Yukon) using the Mining Awards Corruption Risk Assessment (MACRA) tool. While some noteworthy strengths were identified, especially in BC’s updated Environmental Assessment Act, many weaknesses remain in all jurisdictions analyzed. This report details both strengths and weaknesses in existing EA processes and details several recommendations for greater transparency and accountability through clarity enhancing measures, closing loopholes, and strengthening mechanisms for oversight and stakeholder consultation.
You can read the full Accountable Mining report here.
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The Accountable Mining Program research was undertaken by contracted researchers on behalf of Transparency International Canada. Dr. Cole Atlin led the research in Ontario between May 2019 and January 2020. The Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI) conducted the research in British Columbia between May 2019 and January 2020 and in the Yukon Territory between August 2019 and March 2020.