How can governments streamline our regulatory environment?
Perhaps governments - fed, prov, municipal, Indigenous - can find ways to come together before projects are developed in areas that have been identified as 'high mineral potential'. This could help governments, communities, and industries (and not just mining) better prepare for future resource development by convening all the players from the start in terms of regional land use planning, community needs, public infrastructure, education, etc.
Please write SEA out in full
Great point M_2iC! Preparing regions effectively in advance can also help manage expectations and showcase potential to local communities and governments. Also, this point relates well to skills development and capacity. If local populations can foresee future opportunities, they can prepare themselves better to capitalize on those opportunities. Have SEAs occurred for high potential areas in the past? Are there any examples?