What is the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act?
The Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act (EGSPA) was established in 2007. EGSPA’s vision is to fully integrate environmental sustainability and economic prosperity, which is essential to the well-being of the Province.
To achieve this vision, the Act sets out specific goals spanning as far as 2020.
What is our current progress?
Nova Scotia Environment, along with other government departments, continues to work on achieving EGSPA’s over-arching objectives and ensuring that the goals contained within the Act are met.
Nova Scotia Environment releases an annual report on the implementation of the Act. The Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act Progress Report 2012, which reflects on the previous year’s achievements, showed that the Province is making great progress. Fourteen targets had been met, one target was extended, and another is still in progress. Additional targets had deadlines beyond 2012.
Why was a review conducted?
The Act requires that a review be conducted every five years by the Minister’s Round Table on Environment and Sustainable Prosperity. The Round Table is made up of volunteer members who are appointed by the Minister of Environment. Members represent legal and academic communities, industry, and environment sectors (both private and non-governmental organizations) across the province.
The Minister of Environment issued a mandate letter to the Round Table on September 26, 2011 requesting that they begin the review process. The objective of the review was to consider the Act and determine if it could be refined or improved in order to better fulfill its purposes.
The Act specifies that the Round Table report back to the Minister within six months with recommendations for amendments and improvements in the implementation of the Act.
What happened as a result of the review?
The Round Table completed their review of the Act and submitted their report to the Minister, who tabled it in the Nova Scotia Legislature on May 8, 2012.
Public sessions were held in Halifax, Truro Sydney, Wolfville and Yarmouth (between January 30 and February 15, 2012). Approximately 74 people attended these sessions. More than 90 written submissions were also received.
Documents relating to this review are available for download:
- Executive Summary (PDF: 195k).
- Full report (PDF: 226k) - Report to the Minister of Environment regarding the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act (EGSPA), March 26, 2012. Appendices separate.
- Appendix A (PDF: 78k) - Mandate Letter, Nova Scotia Roundtable on Environment and Sustainable Prosperity.
- Appendix B (PDF: 73k) - Questions for Written Feedback from the Public. Note: the consultation period has now closed.
- Appendix C (PDF: 136k) - Summary of Public Feedback from 2012 Review of EGSPA.
For further information or comments, please contact Nova Scotia Environment by email: email@example.com or by phone, toll-free: 1-888-320-0555.
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Government reviewed the report and developed proposed amendments to the Act based on the Round Table’s recommendations. The amendments were tabled in the Nova Scotia Legislature on November 19, 2012, as Bill No. 136 Green Economy Act. The Bill was passed on December 3, 2012 and received royal assent on December 6, 2012.
- Bill No. 136 Green Economy Act (PDF)
- Links to the Debates in the Nova Scotia Legislature and the Submissions to Law Amendments