Pre-submission for a Designated Office Evaluation

What you need to know before submitting a project proposal

You will be required to provide information about yourself, your company and the project, including all associated activities, project alternatives, project location, existing environmental and socio-economic conditions, potential effects of the project and any proposed mitigative measures.

What is a project proposal?

A project proposal for a Designated Office evaluation contains information about the proposed project, where it will be located, how it will be accomplished, when it will occur and other information that will be considered by the assessor while conducting an evaluation. To help you submit the appropriate information, a project proposal form is provided. Go to the Project Proposal Forms located on the right side of this page and determine which form is appropriate for your project.

What to expect during the evaluation process

Once you have submitted the project proposal form, you may be asked for additional information. Expect to be contacted at different stages of the evaluation  to clarify information within the proposal or answer questions from assessors.  You will be able to track the entire process, including public comments, on the YESAB Online Registry (YOR)  www.yesab.ca/registry or at the Designated Office.  As you move through the process you will be notified of any changes in the timeline and the stage of the evaluation.

How long will a Designated Office evaluation take?

The time required for a project proposal to be reviewed and assessed is dependent on the level of  detail provided by  proponents.  The average Designated Office evaluation takes 42 days, once the Designated Office has deemed the proposal adequate.

How to help the evaluation move along efficiently

  1. Contact the Regulator(s) early to discuss the project and determine if an assessment is required.
  2. Meet with YESAB prior to submitting your application and confirm level of detail required.
  3. Meet with any affected First Nation to discuss proposed project.
  4. Include detailed information within your application to ensure information requirements are met.
  5. Track your assessment via the YOR and respond to information requests in a timely manner.
  6. Keep in contact with the Designated Office throughout the assessment.

 Designated Office Evaluation Process – Flow Chart

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DO Process Chart 2017