Environmental groups are welcoming a federal government announcement on environmental assessments for projects such as pipelines and new mines.
Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has announced a four-person panel to study how environmental assessments are done to make sure decisions are based on sound science, avoid duplication and serve and involve the public.
During the federal election, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke about the need to reform a process that he said had lost the trust of Canadians.
Industry says current assessments are too complex and lengthy, while environmentalists say they don’t protect fragile ecosystems.
The panel will be led by Johanne Gelinas, a former federal commissioner of environment and sustainable development.
Meetings are to be held in areas where projects have been through an environmental assessment.
The panel is to begin next month and finish by the end of January.