Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)
Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Questionnaire
A.6 An SEA is not required in the following
special cases. If you are seeking an exemption from conducting an SEA for one
of the reasons cited below, please mark the appropriate box, provide a brief
explanation in the space provide, and proceed to section D (sign-off); no
further assessment is required. If you are not seeking an exemption,
please proceed to question A.7.
Response to a clear and immediate emergency.
Matter of urgency; senior decision making processes have been shortened.
Initiative has been previously assessed for environmental impacts. For example, the initiative is a subset of a policy, plan or program that has been previously assessed. Normally, this would pertain to an initiative already assessed under a previous proposal to Cabinet, or has undergone a project environmental assessment under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA)
Proposal is a matter of routine administrative, human resource, or financial procedure; there are no important environmental implications.
The environmental assessment will be conducted at a later date using the Framework for Conducting Environmental Assessments of Trade Negotiations.
Other reasons (provide details in the following text box )
A.7 Based on your analysis, is it likely that any of the outcomes
associated with this proposal will have important positive or negative environmental
effects (Annexes 1 and 3 provide a helpful starting point for your environmental
A.8 Have any key general public concerns been identified or
expressed about the possible environmental consequences of the initiative? If
yes, please provide a brief summary
- If you answered "No" to both questions A.7 and A.8, no further
assessment is required, and normally, no public statement is required, proceed
to Part D (sign-off).
- If you answered "Yes" to both or either one of A.7 and A.8, please
continue filling out of the questionnaire.
B.1 What direct and/or indirect activities or outcomes are
likely to result from the implementation of the policy, program or plan in question?
Attach supporting documentation if necessary.
B.2 What activities or outcomes identified in question B.1
are projected to have important associated environmental effects? Please indicate
whether these effects would be positive or negative. Attach supporting documentation
if necessary. Refer to Annexes 1 and 3 for guidance.
B.3 Please comment on the scope and nature of the environmental
effects. Relevant issues could include: timing; location and magnitude; frequency
and duration; risk and irreversibility; and cumulative nature. Attach supporting
documentation if necessary.
B.4 Could the environmental effects identified in B.3 be mitigated
if negative or enhanced if positive? If so, how ? (Considerations could include
initiatives to minimize threats and maximize opportunities, costs of mitigation
/ enhancement, as well as benefits.) What would the net environmental effect
of the proposal be after mitigation or enhancement? Attach supporting documentation
B.5 Environmental impacts can have socio-economic consequences.
For example, harmful emissions from a manufacturing plant could reduce the fish
population of a neighbouring lake, which could in turn increase unemployment
among fishers. Conversely, positive environmental effects can create employment.
For example, advanced waste treatment technology could help fish populations
recover, thereby increasing employment in the fishery. Please comment on any
social or economic outcomes that could arise from the potential environmental
effects identified. Relevant issues could include: timing; location and magnitude;
frequency and duration; risk and irreversibility; and their cumulative nature.
Attach supporting documentation if necessary.
B.6 Could the socio-economic effects identified in B.5 be
mitigated if negative or enhanced if positive? If so, how ? (Discuss options,
tools to minimize threats and maximize opportunities, and costs of mitigation
/ enhancement.) What would the net environmental effect of the proposal be after
mitigation or enhancement? Attach supporting documentation if necessary.
B.7 Which of the following eco-efficiency elements, if any,
does the policy, program or plan promote or advance? Check all that apply.
B.8 How could the environmental and/or socio-economic effects
of the proposed policy, program or plan be summarized? This summary should be
used for the "Considerations" section of the MC or TB submission.
B.9 Is a more detailed strategic environmental assessment
( please provide rationale)
B.10 Will this proposal likely lead to the development of
project(s) requiring assessment under the Canadian Environmental Assessment
Act (CEAA)? See Annexe 3 for the CEAA definition of project.
Proposed Public Statement (to be further developed and finalized
through the communications process of Industry Canada)
C.1 Are there concerns or constraints respecting public disclosure (e.g. Cabinet
secrecy) that prohibit a public statement ?
C.3 If no, please provide a Proposed Public Statement (refer
to Annex 2 for scope of how public statements could be presented).
2. Service intensity refers to the amount
of value-added service that is provided to customers by producers and/or retailers.
For example, improving the efficiency of goods, such as furnaces, appliances,
and vehicles, through regular service maintenance over their life cycle.