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The Canadian Impact Assessment Registry

The Canadian Impact Assessment Registry provides access to information, delivers transparency about proposed assessments and makes it easier for Canadians to have a say in projects that concern them.

What’s new

December 16, 2020 – Improvements were implemented to the Registry to provide the ability to view new types of assessments and to improve the user’s search experience. Our latest release responds to feedback given to us by user community and our stakeholders. These include:

  • post strategic assessments, which included customizing the assessment page to reflect the unique and wide-reaching nature of strategic assessments;
  • post excluded physical activity assessments, which included customizing the assessment page to identify that it is conducted by other boards for the compliance and enforcement monitoring;
  • pins on the map view are now associated with search facets;
  • changed the search facet from "Province" to "Location" to better align with the various locations where assessments take place;
  • added Canada-wide as a new location on the Get Involved page, to encompass strategic assessments;
  • gave ability to search more effectively by using quotation marks to specify part of a sentence; and
  • corrected the English and French province names in the contact field for assessments.

New tools and enhanced functionalities

Based on feedback gathered throughout extensive consultations with Canadians and user experience design principles, the Registry now offers new tools and enhanced functionalities in order to:

Find and access information about assessments

Project pages offer easier navigation, including project details, an interactive map, latest updates, nearby projects and key documents.

Key documents to conduct an impact assessment are accessible directly from the project page while all the other documents and comments are available in the section “List all records”.

Improve search capabilities

We have significantly improved the search function to help users find the information they are looking for. The keyword and reference number search offers results listed by relevance. Users are able to customize their search results with filters to help them pinpoint the information for which they are looking.

Users can browse a list of active projects, view assessments on an interactive map or access a list of opportunities where they can get involved.

Give feedback on projects subject to an assessment

The Registry provides users with an easier way to communicate their views with the Agency. It introduces an online commenting tool allowing users to read the comments submitted by others and submit their own from the assessment page.

The ability to provide online feedback on projects is subject to social media authentication and agreement to the Terms of Use and Submission Policy.

Additional improvements will be implemented through ongoing releases.

If you have questions or require assistance or if you have ideas for future improvements, please contact the Registry team at

Additional information

For additional information on the Registry, consult the Registry’s Frequently Asked Questions page.

If you want to learn more about federal impact assessments, consult the Agency’s website.

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