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Major Projects Management Office Initiative September 2009. Overview. Context Mandate and Objectives Definition of a Major Resource Project Roles and Responsibilities Key Elements of the MPMO Initiative Key Outcomes. Context. The regulatory system is under pressure. Capacity Constraints

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Major Projects Management Office InitiativeSeptember 2009


  • Context

  • Mandate and Objectives

  • Definition of a Major Resource Project

  • Roles and Responsibilities

  • Key Elements of the MPMO Initiative

  • Key Outcomes


The regulatory system is under pressure

  • Capacity Constraints

    • High demand and strong commodity prices resulted in significant growth in the number of major resource projects over the past 5 years

    • $300 Billion in planned investments over the next 5+ years

  • System Constraints

    • Complex regulatory system, unpredictable processes

    • Major projects often subject to both federal and provincial reviews

    • More intensive Aboriginal consultation responsibilities

    • Many departments, agencies focused on their specific issues

  • No one was looking at how the pieces fit together or managing the system


Mandate of the Major Projects Management Office

  • Dual mandate:

    • To enhance the accountability, transparency and predictability of the federal regulatory system

    • To lead collaborative research and policy analysis on short-, medium- and longer-term initiatives to further improve the performance of the regulatory system, such as legislative options

  • The MPMO mandate is limited to projects south of 60


Objectives of the Major Projects Management Office

  • Key objectives:

    • Enhance competitiveness by improving predictability and timeliness of review process

    • Ensure the regulatory system and strengthens environmental and social considerations

    • Fulfill Aboriginal consultation responsibilities in a more consistent and meaningful manner

    • Provide focal point for system improvements

    • Enhance the accountability, transparency and predictability of the federal regulatory system.

Definition of a Major Resource Project

  • Major resource projects (MRP) are large-scale natural resource developments

    • e.g. mining, nuclear, oil and gas, hydro projects

  • Projects must be subject to one of the following environmental assessments under CEAA:

    • Panel review

    • Comprehensive study

    • Screening (large or complex multi-jurisdictional)


MPMO represents a new approach to doing business

  • Single point of entry for Proponents

  • Establish service standards

  • Develop Project Agreements (PAs)

  • Ensure Aboriginal consultation responsibilities are integrated into the regulatory process

  • Track and monitor progression of projects

Key elements

Early engagement

  • Facilitate an effective/efficient federal review

  • Prepare for potential federal roles/responsibilities

  • Foster communication between Proponent and federal departments/agencies

  • Clarify information requirements

Key elements

Project Description (PD)

Guide was developed to prepare a PD for MRP to ease entering the Federal Review Process by:

  • Determine information needed to commence an EA

  • Start Federal Coordination Regulation process

  • Post Notice of Commencement

  • Determine the preliminary scope and type of EA

Key elements

Project Agreements (PA)

Best effort commitment by DMs to foster the cooperation of their respective departments.

  • Signed by DMs

  • Clarify federal roles and responsibilities

  • Increase accountability and transparency

  • Provide foundation for project tracking and quality management

  • Service Standards/Timeline

    • Project Agreement Phase: 3 month target

    • Screenings: 12 -15 month target

    • Comprehensive Studies: 24 month target

    • Review Panels: 17 month target

Key elements

Regulatory Timelines and Service Standards

Predicated on proponents submitting adequate regulatory applications during the EA phase

Key elements

Aboriginal Engagement/Consultation responsibilities

MPMO Initiative will:

  • Coordinate the one-window approach

  • Identify key roles and responsibilities

  • Develop an Aboriginal Engagement/Consultation Work Plans

  • Integrate the information into the PAs

  • Integrate records management

    Proponents should:

  • Be Proactive – benefits to engaging early

  • Document the Consultation Process

  • Refer to available documents

Key elements

Executive Management


  • Regular reports to Ministers and Deputy Ministers

  • DM Major Projects Committee resolves project-related issues and provides executive oversight

Key elements

Transparent Tracking and Monitoring

  • Publicly-accessible

  • Timelines based on the PAs

Key Outcomes

  • High quality assessments of environmental and socio-economic effects of resource development

  • More predictable, accountable and timely regulatory review process

  • More consistent, adequate and meaningful Aboriginal consultations

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