Consultation: Proposed Regulations Amending the Wildlife Area Regulations and the Environmental Violations Administrative Monetary Penalties Regulations - Country Island, Isle Haute and St. Paul Island National Wildlife Areas
Current Status: Closed
Consultation takes place from July 1st to 30th, 2023.
Share your thoughts on proposed amendments to the Wildlife Area Regulations and Environmental Violations Administrative Monetary Penalties Regulations for the designation of Country Island, Isle Haute and St. Paul Island as National Wildlife Areas.
Background and Focus
Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) is seeking comments on proposed amendments to the Wildlife Area Regulations and Environmental Violations Administrative Monetary Penalties Regulations for the designation of Country Island, Isle Haute and St. Paul Island as National Wildlife Areas.
The establishment of Country Island, Isle Haute and St. Paul Island as National Wildlife Areas (NWAs) would bring these lands within the regulatory jurisdiction of ECCC under the Wildlife Area Regulations (WARs) which would benefit ECCC in its management of the conservation of species and their habitats. It would also increase the protection of species and their habitats beyond that which is currently provided by provincial legislation and other federal legislation such as the Species at Risk Act (SARA) and the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994 (MBCA).
NWAs are established in order to protect and conserve wildlife and wildlife habitat. In Budget 2018, under Nature Legacy 2018, the Government of Canada (GoC) committed to supporting Canada’s biodiversity and to protecting species at risk, in part by expanding the network of NWAs. The 2019 Speech from the Throne committed to protecting and conserving 25 per cent of Canada’s lands and oceans by 2025 and working toward conserving 30 per cent by 2030 . To support these goals, the GoC invested an additional $2.3 billion over five years in Budget 2021. Recently, Canada signed the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework and is committed to protecting 30 per cent of land and freshwater (and 30 per cent of coastal areas and oceans) by 2030.
Your ideas and input are sought on the regulatory proposal to designate lands within Country Island, Isle Haute and St. Paul Island in Nova Scotia as National Wildlife Areas, under the Wildlife Area Regulations of the Canada Wildlife Act.
The input gathered through this process will be carefully considered. The final regulatory amendments are anticipated to be published in the Canada Gazette, Part II in fall 2023.
How to participate
Submit a comment Share your comments at the Canada Gazette.
To learn how we will protect your privacy during this consultation, please carefully review our privacy statement.
Who is the focus of this consultation
All Canadians are invited to participate in this consultation. More specifically, we would like to hear from:
- Local residents and local Indigenous groups (and their associations and councils) in Nova Scotia
- Recreational users of NWAs
- Local and national conservation organizations
- Local and national hunting and fishing associations
- Canadians interested in nature and wildlife conservation
- Local and provincial governments
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Canadian Wildlife Service
Wildlife Management and Regulatory Affairs Division
351 boul. St-Joseph, 15th floor
Gatineau QC K1A 0H3
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