Euchelon Social and Environmental Assessment (SEA) Review
Client: First Nations Fisheries Council
On behalf of the First Nations fisheries council, EcoPlan conducted a technical review of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ (DFO) report “A Socio- Economic Analysis of the Potential Impacts of Adding Two Endangered Eulachon (Thaleichthys pacificus) Designatable Units to Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act”. The DFO report responds to a regulatory order that was triggered by the need for a cost-benefit analysis when considering listing a species under SARA. This review evaluates the quality of the DFO report’s socio-economic analysis as defined by the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat’s Canadian Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) Guide: Regulatory Proposals to undertake socio-economic analysis. The review also discusses First Nations’ specific concerns, broadly applied, and more appropriate methods for preparing a CBA when First Nations are affected.