Groupe Maison Candiac Court-ordered to pay $20,000 for violating the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994

August 14, 2019 – Longueuil, Quebec – Environment and Climate Change Canada

On August 7, 2019, Groupe Maison Candiac inc., a real estate development company from Montreal’s South Shore, pleaded guilty at the Longueuil courthouse to destroying 25 to 55 migratory bird nests as a result of clearing operations in June 2016.

In response to a public complaint on June 23, 2016, two Environment and Climate Change Canada law enforcement officers stopped clearing work that was underway on land along Augustin Avenue located between Jacques-Martin Street and the so-called Highway of Steel (Autoroute 30) in the municipality of Saint-Philippe. A total of 6.2 hectares of land was cleared using a chipper between June 16 and 23, 2016.

As a result of this incident, Environment and Climate Change Canada filed summary charges for violating section 6 of the Migratory Birds Regulations for destroying bird nests.

The Court decided to suspend sentencing for Groupe Maison Candiac. The Court did, however, order the company to pay $20,000 to the Environmental Damages Fund. The company will be subject to one-year’s probation. It will also have to publish an offence notice in a construction industry magazine to raise public awareness about the importance of protecting migratory birds.

Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Enforcement Branch makes considerable efforts to ensure that protection of wildlife species and their habitat is respected by businesses and individuals. They encourage citizens to report any wildlife-related illegal acts they may witness to the National Environmental Emergencies Centre by calling 514-283-2333 or 1-866-283-2333, or by contacting Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) to anonymously report crimes related to wildlife species. Callers may be rewarded with up to $2,000.

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