Simple Environmental Review

Description of Criteria Assessed and Guidance for the Simple Environmental Review

Criteria Assessed Description and Guidance
Surface and Groundwater Indicate any potential impacts on surface and groundwater quality, flow, or movement; any resulting sedimentation or erosion; and any pollution from operations or accidental spills.

If there are any potential impacts, applicable mitigation should be detailed here.

Note: Surface water includes rivers, lakes, canals, reservoirs, oceans, marshes, ponds, wetlands, and streams.

The Land Indicate any potential impacts on the land surface (e.g. clearing of trees, shrubs, or ground vegetation), any unique and sensitive land features (e.g. wetland or park), or adjacent properties. If the clearing of trees will include the sale of those trees to a mill, a timber permit will be required.

If there are any potential impacts, applicable mitigation should be detailed here.

Flora and Fauna Identify any plant and animal species that are listed under the federal Species at Risk Act that have the potential to be impacted in the project area. The Environment Canada (EC) SARA registry provides information on listed species at risk and their habitat, and a geographic search can be conducted via the Ontario MNR SAR website as well.

Identify any potential impacts to migratory birds – as populations and as individuals – or their habitats, eggs and nests. Contact Environment Canada for guidance on appropriate mitigation measures.

If the project involves in-water works or is sited near water, describe any potential serious harm to fish or fisheries, as defined by the Fisheries Act.

If there are any potential impacts, applicable mitigation should be detailed here.

Air and Noise

Identify any potential impacts to air quality (from chemical emissions or dust/odours) and on noise-sensitive receptors.

If there are any potential impacts, applicable mitigation should be detailed here.

Note: Noise-sensitive receptors include schools, daycares, nursing homes, residences, places of worship, hospitals, etc.

Socio-Economic, Culture, and Heritage Identify any potential concerns that the project may raise in the Aboriginal community or general public. This may include impacts on local businesses, institutions/public facilities, physical or cultural heritage resources, or the current use of lands and resources for Aboriginal traditional purposes.

If there are any potential impacts, applicable mitigation should be detailed here.

Other Considerations If the project has the potential to result in the creation of waste material requiring disposal (such as oil products for machinery, treated wood, lead paint, etc.), involves the installation of a fuel tank over 230 L, or requires the use of soil or material (e.g. sand, gravel, or rocks), additional detail should be provided in this section. If the project involves dredging in coastal areas, the Disposal at Sea Regulations may apply. In the event that the project requires the use of explosives, you will need to note that in this section and contact Natural Resources Canada, as you may require a license.

Power generation projects may be subject to the Dominion Water Power Act or its regulations, if the project is located in any river, brook, lake, pond, creek, or other flowing or standing water on Dominion (federal) lands.

For any potential impacts, applicable mitigation should be detailed here.

Supporting Documentation Include in this section a list of any supporting documentation (copies of permits, reports, etc) that may substantiate your information and be useful for the environment officer during their review.