Forward Regulatory Plan 2018 to 2020, Environment and Climate Change Canada, chapter 5

Wildlife and Conservation

Proposed Regulatory Initiatives

Protection Orders on federal land and non-federal land under the Species at Risk Act

Enabling Act

Species at Risk Act

Description

From time to time, orders may be made under the Species at Risk Act (SARA) to protect the critical habitat on federal land or critical habitat, individuals and residences on non-federal land of the species listed under the Act.

Indication of business impact

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Consultation

Consultations with stakeholders and Indigenous peoples would take place before and after publication of the proposed orders. Timing and further details are determined on a case-by-case basis and will be made available on the Species at Risk Public Registry.

Contact

Mary Jane Roberts
Director, SARA Management and Regulatory Affairs
Telephone: 819-938-4289
Email: mary-jane.roberts@canada.ca

Orders Amending Schedule 1 to the Species at Risk Act

Enabling Act

Species at Risk Act

Description

From time to time, orders may be made amending Schedule I to the Species at Risk Act (SARA) to reflect listing decisions made by the Governor-in-Council.

Indication of business impact

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Consultation

Consultations with stakeholders and Indigenous peoples would take place before and after publication of the proposed orders in the Canada Gazette, Part I. Timing and further details are to be determined and will be made available on the Species at Risk Public Registry.

Contact

Mary Jane Roberts
Director, SARA Management and Regulatory Affairs
Telephone: 819-938-4289
Email: mary-jane.roberts@canada.ca

Boreal Caribou Critical Habitat Protection Order

Enabling Act

Species at Risk Act

Description

The proposed ministerial order is required under Section 58 of the Species at Risk Act to protect the critical habitat of the Boreal Caribou on Federal land (excluding First Nations Reserve Lands and devolved land in the territories).

The proposed order would apply to the properties of approximately twelve federal departments and agencies and could impact users of these lands.  

Indication of business impact

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Consultation

Pre-consultations with stakeholders and Indigenous peoples will be conducted prior to publication in Canada Gazette, Part I.

The proposed regulations are targeting publication in the Canada Gazette, Part I, in Fall 2018 for a 30-day public comment period.

Contact

Mary Jane Roberts
Director, SARA Management and Regulatory Affairs
Telephone: 819-938-4289
Email: mary-jane.roberts@canada.ca

Woodland Caribou, Southern Mountain population Critical Habitat Protection Order

Enabling Act

Species at Risk Act

Description

The proposed ministerial order is required under Section 58 of the Species at Risk Act to protect the critical habitat of the Woodland Caribou, Southern Mountain population on Federal land (excluding First Nations Reserve Lands).

The proposed order would apply to the properties of a number of federal departments and agencies, and could impact users of these lands.

Indication of business impact

There may be business impacts. The “One-for-One” Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Consultation

Pre-consultations with stakeholders and Indigenous peoples will be conducted prior to publication in Canada Gazette.

The proposed regulations are targeting publication in the Canada Gazette in Spring 2019.

Contact

Mary Jane Roberts
Director, SARA Management and Regulatory Affairs
Telephone: 819-938-4289
Email: mary-jane.roberts@canada.ca

Regulations Amending the Wildlife Area Regulations – Designating the Edéhzhíe National Wildlife Area

Enabling Act

Canada Wildlife Act

Description

The proposed amendments would designate the Edéhzhíe National Wildlife Area (NWA) under the Canada Wildlife Act. The proposed Edéhzhíe NWA consists of an area of approximately 14 218 km2 in the Northwest Territories. This area includes the Horn Plateau, a unique escarpment rising 900 m above the surrounding landscape and containing boreal forest, uplands and wetlands. It is home to species at risk such as woodland caribou and wolverines, provides important migratory bird habitat, and contains the headwaters of three rivers.

The proposed amendments are part of a commitment made by the Government of Canada under the Northwest Territories Protected Areas Strategy. Edéhzhíe is the first of five candidate protected areas to be proposed for designation. The Dehcho First Nation and the Tłichô Government requested that Edéhzhíe be established as a National Wildlife Area under the Canada Wildlife Act. The legislation under which the remaining four candidate protected areas will be protected will be determined in consultation with the Government of the Northwest Territories.

The proposed amendments would be of interest to local Indigenous peoples and a number of stakeholders including the tourism sector, the oil and gas sector, the mining sector, and conservation groups.

Indication of business impact

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Consultation

The Dehcho First Nation and Tłichô Government communities proposed that the Edéhzhíe area be assessed through the Northwest Territories Protected Areas Strategy with the view to obtain legislative protection of important and unique habitat in the Northwest Territories. As such, these communities have been important partners in the development of the regulatory proposal.

Environment and Climate Change Canada has held a number of meetings with local Indigenous peoples and with key stakeholders, including the oil and gas sector, conservation groups, the mining sector, the tourism sector, and the Government of the Northwest Territories.

The proposed amendments are targeting publication in the Canada Gazette, Part I, in Winter 2020 for a 30-day public comment period.

Contact

Caroline Ladanowski
Director, Wildlife Management and Regulatory Affairs
Telephone: 819-938-4105
Fax: 819-938-4147
Email: caroline.ladanowski@canada.ca

Regulations Amending the Wildlife Area Regulations - Modernization

Enabling Act

Canada Wildlife Act

Description

The proposed amendments would amend the boundary descriptions of 14 National Wildlife Areas (NWAs) based on new survey data and, in some cases, to include lands that have been acquired by Environment and Climate Change Canada:

  • Wallace Bay NWA, N.S.
  • Tintamarre NWA, N.B.
  • Shepody NWA, N.B.
  • Baie de I’Isle Verte NWA, Que.
  • Îles de l’Estuaire NWA, Que.
  • Pointe de I’Est NWA, Que.
  • Long Point NWA, Ont.
  • St. Clair NWA, Ont.
  • Prince Edward Point NWA, Ont.
  • Mississippi Lake NWA, Ont.
  • Prairie NWA, Sask.
  • Alaksen NWA, B.C.
  • Columbia NWA, B.C.
  • Qualicum NWA, B.C.

The proposed amendments would also make miscellaneous amendments, such as changing descriptions and names of a number of NWAs and other administrative changes in the above NWAs as well as the following three NWAs:

  • Cap Tourmente NWA, Que.
  • Nirjutiqavvik NWA, Nun.
  • Polar Bear Pass NWA, Nun.

The proposed amendments would also provide more flexibility in the management of National Wildlife Areas (NWAs), while maintaining the current level of protection. The proposed amendments focus on improving the Regulations by adding more authorizing instruments, adding permitting terms and conditions, improving the permitting process, and creating exceptions for routine and essential activities.

The proposed amendments would be of interest to local Indigenous peoples and a number of stakeholders including non-governmental organizations, scientists and academics conducting research in NWAs, the tourism sector, and the agricultural sector.

Indication of business impact

There may be business impacts. The “One-for-One” Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Consultation

The proposed amendments are targeting publication in the Canada Gazette, Part I, in Winter 2019 for a 30-day public comment period.

Contact

Caroline Ladanowski
Director, Wildlife Management and Regulatory Affairs
Telephone: 819-938-4105
Fax: 819-938-4147
Email: caroline.ladanowski@canada.ca

Regulations Amending the Migratory Birds Regulations – Hunting Regulations

Enabling Act

Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994

Description

The proposed regulations would amend Schedule 1 of the Migratory Birds Regulations to adjust season dates and bag and possession limits for migratory game bird species by province and territory. This is done to achieve conservation goals and allow for recreational migratory game bird hunting in Canada.

Commencing with the 2014–15 hunting season, Environment and Climate Change Canada moved from an annual to a biennial regulatory amendment cycle for the hunting regulations. However, Environment and Climate Change Canada is continuing to evaluate the status of migratory game birds on an annual basis to ensure that urgent regulatory amendments can be made if necessary.

The proposed amendments would be of interest to hunters, hunting organizations, conservation groups and the tourism sector.

Indication of business impact

There are no expected business impacts.

Consultation

Environment and Climate Change Canada conducts extensive consultations on the hunting regulations with an array of stakeholders, including: the provinces/territories; wildlife management boards; the Governments of the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, Greenland and St. Pierre and Miquelon; U.S. State Governments; national and provincial conservation and hunter organizations; and other interested individuals.

As part of the consultation process for these amendments, a Notice of Intent will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part I in early 2020. The purpose of this notice will be to inform stakeholders and the Canadian public that Environment and Climate Change Canada will be recommending regulatory amendments to the Migratory Birds Regulations for hunting. The notice will also inform stakeholders of the publication of the report Proposals to Amend the Canadian Migratory Birds Regulations, which will outline and explain the regulatory amendments that will be proposed and provide information on the consultation process.

The publication of the final amendments in the Canada Gazette, Part II, is targeted for Spring 2020.

Contact

Caroline Ladanowski
Director, Wildlife Management and Regulatory Affairs
Telephone: 819-938-4105
Fax: 819-938-4147
Email: caroline.ladanowski@canada.ca

Regulations Amending the Migratory Birds Regulations - Modernization

Enabling Act

Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994

Description

The proposed amendments would update and streamline the Migratory Birds Regulations in order to address issues regarding hunting management and correct outdated references to Aboriginal peoples.

The proposed amendments could affect migratory game bird hunters and hunting organizations, conservation groups and Aboriginal Canadians among others.

Indication of business impact

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Consultation

Environment and Climate Change Canada held consultations in 2014, and Canadians were invited to review the regulatory proposal and submit comments.

The proposed amendments are targeting publication in the Canada Gazette, Part I, in Fall 2018 for a 60-day public comment period. The publication of the final regulation in the Canada Gazette, Part II, is targeted for Spring 2019.

The amended Regulations are expected to come into force in time for the 2019 late summer hunting season.

Contact

Caroline Ladanowski
Director, Wildlife Management and Regulatory Affairs
Telephone: 819-938-4105
Fax: 819-938-4147
Email: caroline.ladanowski@canada.ca

Regulations Amending the Wild Animal and Plant Trade Regulations - Modernization

Enabling Act

Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act

Description

The proposed amendments would update and streamline the Wild Animal and Plant Trade Regulations in order to implement decisions agreed to at a CITES Conference of the Parties, resolve issues identified by ECCC’s Wildlife Enforcement Directorate and to reduce administrative burden on stakeholders.

The proposed amendments could be of interest to a wide variety of groups that import or export plant and animal specimens including trade and industry associations, Indigenous groups, hunting and angling associations, environmental non-governmental organizations, as well as individual traders such as nurseries and breeders, museums, universities, zoos, furniture and musical instrument manufacturers, aquariums and other interested exporters and importers (tourists, pet owners, falconers etc.).

Indication of business impact

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Consultation

The proposed amendments are targeting publication in the Canada Gazette, Part I, in 2019 for a 30-day public comment period.

Contact

Caroline Ladanowski
Director, Wildlife Management and Regulatory Affairs
Telephone: 819-938-4105
Fax: 819-938-4147
Email: caroline.ladanowski@canada.ca

Regulations Amending the Wild Animal and Plant Trade Regulations Schedule 1 – CITES CoP18

Enabling Act

Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act

Description

The proposed amendments would ensure that the Wild Animal and Plant Trade Regulations reflect decisions made to the CITES Appendices resulting from the 18th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) (CoP18).

The proposed amendments would be of interest to a number of individuals and groups that are involved in the import into and/or export from Canada of plants and animals. At present, proposals for amending the CITES Appendices have not been submitted and it is, therefore, too soon to tell which stakeholders may be affected.

Indication of business impact

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Consultation

Information on the proposals that will be considered at CoP18 will be posted on the ECCC website for public comment.

A Notice of Intent will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part I. The notice will invite interested Canadians to comment on the proposed amendments to the CITES Appendices and to invite them to participate in a public meeting that will be held to discuss  the proposals that will be considered at CoP18.

Subsequent to CoP18, a second Notice of Intent will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part I to inform the public of the intent to amend the Regulations as a result of decisions made by CoP18.

The publication of the final amendments in the Canada Gazette, Part II, is targeted for Spring 2020.

Contact

Caroline Ladanowski
Director, Wildlife Management and Regulatory Affairs
Telephone: 819-938-4105
Fax: 819-938-4147
Email: caroline.ladanowski@canada.ca

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