Pre-Submission Engagement For Executive Committee Screenings
A better way forward for Executive Committee screenings
The Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board (YESAB) has developed a new Pre-submission Engagement (PSE) process for Executive Committee screenings. PSE is a proactive, front-end process that occurs before a project proposal is submitted for screening by the Executive Committee (EC). The purpose of pre-submission engagement is to bring interested and affected parties together to review project requirements well in advance of a detailed proposal being submitted for assessment. This helps identify gaps and issues of concern, to define values and baseline information requirements and ensure a timely and certain screening process.
NEW – Proposed PSE Rules – Coming Summer 2021
June 2, 2021 – Stay tuned to this page…more information on the proposed PSE rules and the formal review process will be updated in the coming weeks.
Proposed Rules for Pre-Submission Engagement
The PSE process must be supported in Board-established rules. PSE will also impact the current screening process as set out in the Rules for Screenings Conducted by the Executive Committee (Screening Rules). YESAB has been working with a legislative drafter to develop new and revised rules to support the PSE process and make necessary changes to the Screening Rules. The YESAA requires that proposed rules be published in the Canada Gazette for a 60-day public review period before the rules can take effect.
YESAB has been updating the PSE Framework informed by input gathered from participants in 2019. A revised PSE Framework Overview is available here. At the same time, YESAB has been developing rules to support implementation of a PSE process
YESAB will be engaging further with key participants this fall to provide an update on PSE and the proposed rules, and to discuss the question of timelines for the PSE process.
Background Documents – October 2020
- PSE Revised Framework Overview
- PSE Framework Paper (2018)
- PSE Project Description Requirements (2018) – revised version coming soon
- PSE Participant Input Summary Report (2019)
- PSE Research Report (2020)
- PSE Backgrounder (2018)
Frequently Asked Questions
Why has the PSE process been developed?
The process has been developed in response to requests for better project-specific guidance on preparing project proposals and to meet expectations for earlier involvement of potentially affected First Nations, communities and the public in the in the assessment of complex or large-scale projects subject to a screening by the Executive Committee.
Will PSE apply to all projects?
- Yes. Pre-submission engagement will be required in all sectors and for all projects that require an Executive Committee (EC) screening. However, the process will be tailored to meet individual project circumstances. This will enable process certainty and predictability while allowing the flexibility to accommodate specific project requirements. The PSE process will not apply to Designated Office Evaluations.
How will the PSE Process be administered?
The Executive Committee will administer the PSE process (e.g. timelines, roles and responsibilities). The EC will establish and document key elements of the process informed by the input of participants and operational requirements.
Will the process be time bound?
Yes. Timelines will be established under the PSE process but specific requirements are outstanding. YESAB is continuing to explore timelines or service delivery standards to guide actions to be taken by the Executive Committee during PSE.
Will the new process make the screening process longer?
No. PSE is intended to parallel and inform project design and planning. The PSE process will replace the current ‘adequacy review’ period and will ensure more focused project proposals that meet the information requirements of the Executive Committee for a project proposal.
Will the PSE Process as it applies to individual projects be accessible to the public?
Yes. The PSE process will be publicly accessible via YESAB’s On-Line Registry (YOR). There will also be opportunities to provide focused input on the project description and information required for the screening. The public will continue to have opportunities to comment on a project proposal during the screening process.
When will the new process come into effect?
We expect to have new rules in the spring or summer 2021. The rules will include transitional provisions to bridge effectively to the new process.
Contact us for more information
Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board
Suite 200 – 309 Strickland St.
Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2J9