Environmental law

Environmental regulation in Canada falls under federal, provincial, and in some cases, municipal jurisdiction. Legislation regulates the impact of business activities on the environment.

It is important to be aware of both provincial and federal environmental regulations when operating a business in Alberta. In many cases, federal and provincial environment regulation is synchronized.

Contact Alberta Environment for information about regulations and necessary approvals. The provincial government will be able to advise whether additional regulations apply to a proposed project at the federal level.

Alberta's environmental regulations

Alberta Environment
Alberta Environment works to protect and enhance Alberta's natural resources and environment.
Alberta Environment legislation
Several acts and regulations fall under Alberta Environment’s jurisdiction. One of the main provincial acts, the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA), aims to protect air, land and water. EPEA regulates the process for environmental assessments, approvals and registrations.
Information centre
Search for information about Alberta Environment.
File an application for activities that require Alberta Environment approval, or complete forms on matters relating to environmental protection and/or enhancement.

Canada's environmental regulations

Environment Canada
Environment Canada is the federal department that works to protect and enhance Canada’s natural resources and environment.
Acts, regulations and agreements
Environment Canada uses a number of acts, regulations and agreements to fulfill its mandate. One of the main federal acts is the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA), which aims to prevent pollution and protect the environment and human health.
Canada Environment Assessment Agency
The Canada Environmental Assessment Agency provides Canadians with high-quality environmental assessments that contribute to informed decision making. The agency administers the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. The act ensures that the environmental effects of projects are carefully reviewed before federal authorities take action in connection with them.