Socio-economic impact assessment: A strategy for planning

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  • This study, initiated by Syncrude's Environmental Affairs Division, was undertaken: • to specify the objectives and structure of a socio-economic impact assessment program; • to determine information required to satisfy existing and anticipated requirements of government agencies and socio-economic impact assessment and to serve Syncrude's internal planning needs; • to review the methodology of socio-economic impact assessment; • to broadly assess the availability of information for socio-economic impact assessment. The effectiveness of Syncrude's planning for the contemplated expansion of its base plant could be enhanced by initiating a program for socioeconomic assessment at an early date. Such a program would provide: (a) a means for coping with uncertainty in the future socio-economic environment of the oil sands region; (b) a framework for developing Syncrude's social policies and programs; and (c) a vehicle for coordinating its socio-economic planning activities with those of the Northeast Alberta Regional Commission and other governmental agencies. Five alternative socio-economic impact assessment programs were evaluated from the viewpoint of their value for planning.

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    Conditions of Use Strong Hall & Associates Ltd., 1977. Socio-economic impact assessment: A strategy for planning. Syncrude Canada Ltd., Edmonton, Alberta. Professional Paper 1977-7. Various pagings. Permission for non-commercial use, publication or presentation of excerpts or figures is granted, provided appropriate attribution (as above) is cited. Commercial reproduction, in whole or in part, is not permitted without prior written consent. The use of these materials by the end user is done without any affiliation with or endorsement by Syncrude Canada Ltd. Reliance upon the end user's use of these materials is at the sole risk of the end user.