I am pleased to present the Environmental Assessment Office Service
Plan 2004/05 to 2006/07. The purpose of this plan is to facilitate
the public's understanding of the core business of the Environmental
Assessment Office, the resources it employs, and its expected results.
The Environmental Assessment Office plays an important role in
British Columbia by delivering a thorough, timely and integrated
environmental assessment process. It promotes the provincial goal
of sustainability by protecting the environment and fostering a
strong and vibrant economy.
Recent reforms to the environmental assessment process to streamline
and customize review procedures are beginning to demonstrate increased
business and industry confidence. More proponents are entering the
process voluntarily and new provincial timelines are providing increased
process certainty. The Environmental Assessment Office continues
to place a high priority on ensuring harmonized reviews when both
the federal and provincial environmental processes apply.
I look forward to reporting more fully on the successes of the
Environmental Assessment Office in the future.
Honourable George Abbott
Minister of Sustainable Resource Management