Common acronyms


This information from the Minister’s transition binder was current as of November 2019. We don’t update this page as it is part of the historical record.

Acronyms starting with: A

AEB – Audit and Evaluation Branch

AFN – Assembly of First Nations

AIP – Agreement in Principle

AQMS – Air Quality Management System

ATIP – Access to Information and Privacy

Acronyms starting with: B

BIA – Budget Implementation Act

Acronyms starting with: C

CAP – Congress of Aboriginal Peoples

CaPSA – Canada’s Plastic Science Agenda

CBD – Convention on Biological Diversity

CCAC – Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants

CCG – Canadian Coast Guard

CCME – Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment

CEAA – Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (now Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (IAAC)) – or – Canadian Environment Assessment Act (now the Impact Assessment Act (IAA))

CEC – Commission for Environmental Cooperation

CETA – Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement

CFC – Chlorofluorocarbons

CEPA – Canadian Environmental Protection Act

CERA – Canadian Energy Regulator Act

CERIAA – Canada Emission Reduction Incentives Agency Act

CITES – Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wildlife Flora and Fauna

CLRTAR – Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution

CNPA – Canadian National Parks Act

COP – Conference of the Parties

COSEWIC – Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada

CPTPP – Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership

CR – Committee Recommendation

CSFB – Corporate Services and Finance Branch

CUSMA – Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement

CWA – Canadia Wildlife Act

CWS – Canadian Wildlife Service

Acronyms starting with: D

DoJ – Department of Justice

DFO – Department of Fisheries and Oceans

DMO – Deputy Minister’s Office

DP – Departmental Plan

DRR – Departmental Results Report

Acronyms starting with: E

EAs – Environmental Assessments (now called Impact Assessments (IAs))

EB – Enforcement Branch

ECCC – Environment and Climate Change Canada

EEA – Environmental Enforcement Act

ENEV – Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources

ENGOs – Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations

ENVI – House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development

EPA – Environmental Protection Agency

EPB – Environmental Protection Branch

EU – European Union

EVAMPA – Environmental Violations Administrative Monetary Penalties Act

Acronyms starting with: F

FA – Fisheries Act

FCM – Federation of Canadian Municipalities

FIN – Finance Canada

FNACSAR – First Nations Advisory Committee on Species at Risk

FSDA – Federal Sustainable Development Act

FTA – Free Trade Agreement

FTP – Federal, Provincial and Territorial

Acronyms starting with: G

G7 – Group of 7

G20 – Group of 20

G&Cs – Grants and Contributions

GAC – Global Affairs Canada

GCA – Global Commission on Adaptation

GCF – Green Climate Fund

GGPPA – Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act

GHG – Greenhouse Gas

GIC – Governor in Council

GLWQA – Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement

Acronyms starting with: H

HCFC – Hydro chlorofluorocarbons

HRB – Human Resources Branch

HSMA – Historic Sites and Monuments Act

Acronyms starting with: I

IAA – Impact Assessment Act

IAAC – Impact Assessment Agency of Canada

IAB – International Affairs Branch

ICC – Inuit Circumpolar Council

ICCT – International Council on Clean Transportation

IISD – International Institute for Sustainable Development

IJC – International Joint Commission

IPCA – Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area

IPCC – Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

IRIA – International River Improvements Act

ISO – International Standards Organization

ITK – Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

Acronyms starting with: L

LSU – Legal Services Unit

Acronyms starting with: M

MBC – Migratory Birds Convention

MBCA – Migratory Birds Convention Act

MC – Memorandum to Cabinet

MIN – Minister or Ministerial

MINO – Minister’s Office

MNC – Métis National Council

MOU – Memorandum of Understanding

MSC – Meteorological Service of Canada

MtM – Memorandum to Minister

MWA – Marine Wildlife Areas

Acronyms starting with: N

NAAEC – North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation

NACOSAR – National Aboriginal Council on Species at Risk

NAFTA – North American Free Trade Agreement

NERP – Nitrous Oxide Emission Reduction Protocol

NIO – National Indigenous Organizations

NIR – National Indigenous Representatives

NRCan – Natural Resources Canada

NSCA – Nuclear Safety and Control Act

NTI – Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.

NWA – National Wildlife Areas

NWAC – Native Women’s Association of Canada

NWWA – National Wildlife Week Act

Acronyms starting with: O

ODS – ozone-depleting substances

OECD – Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

OiC – Order in Council

Acronyms starting with: P

PCA – Parks Canada Agency

PCAA – Parks Canada Agency Act

PCF – Pan-Canadian Framework

PCFIO – Pan-Canadian Framework Implementation Office

PCO – Privy Council Office

PIAMSB – Public and Indigenous Affairs and Ministerial Services Branch

PMB – Private Members Bill

POGG – Peace, Order and Good Government

POPs – Persistent Organic Pollutants

PT – Provincial and Territorial

Acronyms starting with: Q

QP Card – Question Period Card

Acronyms starting with: R

RD – Record of Decision

Acronyms starting with: S

SARA – Species at Risk Act

SARAC – Species at Risk Advisory Committee

SCC – Standards Council of Canada

SDGs – Sustainable Development Goals

SEA – Strategic Environmental Assessment

SJCSR – Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations

SLCPs – Short-Lived Climate Pollutants

SPB – Strategic Policy Branch

STB – Science and Technology Branch

Acronyms starting with: T

TBS – Treasury Board Secretariat

TB Sub – Treasury Board Submission

Acronyms starting with: U

UNCBD – United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity

UNEA – United Nations Environment Assembly

UNEP – United Nations Environment Program

UNFCCC – United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

Acronyms starting with: V

VOCs – Volatile organic compounds

Acronyms starting with: W

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

WMIA – Weather Modification Information Act

WMO – World Meteorological Organization

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