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ISED) SEA questionnaire is provided so that the Department can comply with website accessibility requirements. Please note that Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada only accepts completed questionnaires from officials of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada and the ISED Portfolio.
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A.1 Title of Proposal:
A.2 Contact information for proposal
Name and title:
Directorate and branch:
A.3 Type of Proposal (check one box)
Memorandum to Cabinet
Treasury Board submission
Treasury Board attestation
RIAS Triage for a Regulatory Submission
Other Plan, Program, Policy, or Strategy
A.4 Is this a new Proposal or an extension, expansion or continuation of an existing policy, plan or program?
If the initiative is an extension, expansion, or continuation of an existing policy, plan or program, an
SEA may have already been completed in the past and can be referred to and updated to reflect the requirements of the 2010 Cabinet Directive and Guidelines.
A.5 At what stage is the Proposal in terms of its development cycle?
It is recommended that Proposal Leads begin the
SEA process early in the Proposal’s development cycle to ensure early consideration of possible environmental impacts and support sustainable development decision‐making.
A.6 Projected date for Proposal’s submission to Minister or Cabinet for approval:
A.7 Interdepartmental proposal:
Is this an interdepartmental proposal?
Provide details on which federal departments/agencies are participating. Indicate the lead department for the Proposal.
Other participating departments:
Name of department:
Name of department:
Note: In cases where Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada is not the lead department on a Proposal but the Minister will be co‐signing with other ministers, they are all accountable and therefore must come to a common conclusion on environmental effects. Therefore, the following steps should be followed: Obtain the completed SEA by the lead department and attach it to the completed SEA for that part of the Proposal for which Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada is responsible. Integrate, where appropriate, the result of the lead department’s SEA. Follow Parts E, F and G for sign offs at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. Submit both SEAs to the appropriate destination depending on the type of Proposal.
A.8 A full SEA is not required in certain special cases. If your Proposal qualifies for one of the exclusions listed below, please check the appropriate box, provide a written justification and then proceed to complete Parts B, E , F and G. No responses to further questions in Part A are required. Justification for exclusion:
A.9 A full SEA is not required if the Proposal meets Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada’s low risk pre‐assessment criteria for excemption. If your Proposal qualifies for an exemption under one of the low risk criteria listed below, please check the appropriate box, provide a written justification and then proceed to complete Parts B, E, F and G. No responses to further questions in Part A are required.
Justification for Exemption:
A.10 Provide a Summary of the Proposal’s major elements and socio‐economic outcomes.
A.11 Describe any environmental effects (positive or negative; direct or indirect) of the Proposal and any mitigation strategies.
This section constitutes your analysis and will provide the evidence required to answer questions A‐15 and A‐16 below.
A.12 Which of the following sustainable consumption and production elements, if any, does the Proposal effect? Check all that apply.
Positive environmental effects
Decreasing energy/GHG emissions of goods and services, affecting air.
Reducing toxic dispersion, affecting air, water and nature.
Enhancing material recyclability (reduced waste), affecting nature.
Reducing the material requirements for goods and services, affecting nature.
Enhancing sustainable use of renewable resources, affecting nature.
Extending product durability, affecting nature.
Increasing the service intensity of goods (i.e.: product‐service systems) affecting nature.
Negative environmental effects
Increasing energy use and GHG emissions of goods and services, affecting air.
Increasing toxic dispersion, affecting air, water and nature.
No material recyclability (increased waste), affecting nature.
Increasing the material requirements for goods and services, affecting nature.
Reducing sustainable use of renewable resources, affecting nature.
No product durability (planned obsolescence), affecting nature.
A.13 Describe how elements of the Proposal may affect the achievement of the goals of the
, as applicable. ( Federal Sustainable Development Strategy See Annex five). Answers to A.11 and A.12 will support the development of this answer.
A.14 A SEA is also a tool to forecast projects which may require environmental assessment under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012. Will the Proposal generate designated projects that could require an environmental assessment under this Act? Will the Proposal generate projects on federal lands? See Annex three for information on designated projects and federal lands under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012.
No If yes, please describe.
A.15 Based on your responses to questions A.11 to 13, is it likely that any of the outcomes associated with the Proposal will have important environmental effects, whether they are positive or negative, direct or indirect?
A.16 Based on your responses to questions A.11 to 13, is there a level of uncertainty whether this proposal will result in important environmental effects, whether they are positive or negative; indirect or direct?
A.17 Have any public concerns been identified or expressed about the possible environmental effects of the Proposal? If yes, please provide a brief summary. It may be appropriate to consult with Communications and Marketing Branch ( CMB) to obtain advice to complete this section.
If you answered "No" to questions A.15, 16 and 17, no further assessment is required and the Proposal Lead should proceed to Part B of the SEA Questionnaire to complete the SEA results summary for inclusion in the Proposal, followed by the requisite sign-offs in Parts E, F and G.
If you answered "Yes" to either of A.15, 16 or 17, the Proposal Lead should proceed to Part C to conduct a full SEA review.