On June 21, Parliament passed Bill C-69, which replaces the National Energy Board Act with the Canadian Energy Regulator Act (CER Act). On August 28, the CER Act came into force and replaced the National Energy Board (NEB) with the Canada Energy Regulator (CER).

While the CER Act introduces some changes, it also incorporates many best practices the NEB was already following. Every decision or order made by the National Energy Board is considered to have been made under the Canadian Energy Regulator Act and may be enforced as such.

In addition to replacing the NEB with the CER, Bill C-69 introduces a new federal environmental assessments process that include a broad range of impacts to be reviewed by a new Impact Assessment Agency with governance under the direction of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada that will be applicable to new, large projects moving forward.

So how does this affect Trans Mountain?

As far as the Trans Mountain Expansion Project is concerned, the regulatory approvals for the Project are not impacted by this new legislation. The CER does become Trans Mountain’s new lifecycle regulator and will continue to enforce conditions, inspect facilities and conduct other oversight activities to protect people and the environment.

To learn more about the new CER visit their website here