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Blog Post: Alberta Streamlines Regulatory Process for Wetland Replacement Works


by Sean Parker and Kyle Trolley, Student-at-Law

Effective as of December 23, 2020, the Water (Ministerial) Regulation, AR 205/98 (the “Regulation”) has been amended and now references a new Code of Practice for Wetland Replacement Works (the “COP”), developed by Alberta Environment and Parks (“AEP”). The COP is a red tape reduction measure implemented by AEP. It is intended to streamline the regulatory process for proponents seeking to restore or construct wetlands. The COP replaces requirements previously under the Water Act, RSA 2000, c W-3 (the “Water Act”) to obtain an “approval” with a less onerous notice process for activities that meet the requirements set out in the COP.

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