A permit is written authorization from the Minister of the Environment to carry out certain activities at a specific location(s) within a specified period of time. A permit contains any conditions that the Minister considers necessary in the interests of human life, the environment, and terrain or marine life. A permit specifies the activity (or activities) permitted, as well as the exact location(s) and time-frame(s) for which it is valid.

Under CEPA 1999, the following types of permits or authorizations have been issued:

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