The Ontario Association for Impact Assessment (OAIA) was founded in 1994 as a registered not-for-profit organization focused on the practice of impact assessment in Ontario. OAIA draws on the strength of its voluntary membership of researchers, practitioners, and users of various types of impact assessment. OAIA members come from diverse disciplines and professions across private and public sectors at practitioner and decision-making levels. Sectors represented include federal, provincial, territorial, municipal and Indigenous government, engineering, consulting, law, health, education, academic, not-for-profit, finance, students, and private citizens. Members from Indigenous groups and organizations include community leaders, Indigenous knowledge holders and environmental stewards.
OAIA is an affiliate of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA)
OAIA envisions a world where there is local, provincial, national, and global capacity for the application of impact assessment based on science and Indigenous Knowledge with meaningful public participation and engagement and consultation with Indigenous Peoples as the foundation for equitable and sustainable development that doesn’t compromise opportunities for future generations.
OAIA provides a forum for impact assessment practitioners and students to advance innovation, development, and communication of best practice in impact assessment through the exchange of ideas and experiences among its members, and with other organizations with compatible interests.