Charity permit


Charity permit applications will be accepted by regional Canadian Wildlife Service offices after the Migratory Birds Regulations, 2022, come into force on July 30th  2022.

The Charity permit was established with the objective of reducing waste of migratory game birds, including murres. Charity permit holders and nominees may possess preserved migratory game birds and murres for the following purposes:

Application and record keeping forms

The service standard for Charity permit applications is 90% of decisions made within 40 calendar days or 20 days before the permit is required, whichever is later.

Charity permits are free of charge and are valid until the expiry date indicated on the permit or December 31 following the date it was issued if no expiry date is listed on the permit.

Submit applications to the Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS) office in the region where the activity will take place. Contact information for regional CWS offices is found below.

Who can apply

The applicant may be an employee or volunteer of a charitable organization. However, individuals applying for a Charity permit do not need to be affiliated with an organization or registered charity to obtain a Charity permit (i.e. fundraisers can be organized by individuals as long as they can fulfill the permit holder’s obligations)

Responsibilities of a Charity permit holder

A Charity permit holder who is serving migratory game birds or murres at a fundraising event must ensure that the event is related to migratory bird conservation, and that any profits made are used to protect or conserve wildlife. Fees may not be charged for the meal itself where migratory game birds or murres are served, although, in the case of fundraising dinners, there may be a charge for the event. Permit holders must ensure that all permit conditions are met, including record-keeping requirements. As well, they must make sure that these permits are on-site during the activity.

A Charity permit holder may only accept or possess legally harvested and preserved migratory game birds and murres. Only preserved birds may be served at a fundraiser or soup kitchen meal, or be given out to clients of a food bank. A migratory game bird is considered preserved when it is:

Reporting and record keeping requirements

Charity permit holders must keep records of:

If the preserved migratory game bird or murre was served as part of a charitable fundraising dinner, the permit holder must maintain records of:

Accepting migratory game birds and murres

Holders of a Charity permit may only accept the donation of a preserved migratory game bird from a Migratory Game Bird Hunting (MGBH) permit holder, a Damage or Danger permit holder or an individual who is exercising their Section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982 right to harvest migratory birds.

Migratory game birds and murres eligible to be given and accepted for the purposes set out in the charity permit must satisfy the following criteria:

Since murres continue to count in an individual’s possession limit even when preserved, the holder of a Charity permit may not exceed the possession limit of this species.

The Migratory Game Bird Hunting Regulation summaries are annual one-page summaries of the hunting regulations for each province and territory.  Any migratory game bird with an open season in Canada, except for a species listed under SARA, can be accepted by a Charity permit holder. The possession limit for murres may also be found in the regulation summary for Newfoundland and Labrador. For more information on the birds for which there is an open season in Canada, please consult the summary for the province or territory where you plan to hunt.

Contact information for Canadian Wildlife Service offices (by region)

Atlantic region

New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island
17 Waterfowl Lane
P.O. Box 6227
Sackville, NB
E4L 1G6

Telephone: 506-364-5068
Fax: 506-364-5062

Quebec region

801-1550 Avenue d'Estimauville
Quebec, QC
G1J 0C3

Telephone: 418-649-6129
Fax: 418-648-4871

Ontario region

335 River Road
Ottawa, ON
K1V 1C7

Telephone: 613-990-8355
Fax: 613-990-8400

Prairie region

Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba
115 Perimeter Road
Saskatoon, SK
S7N 0X4

Telephone: 306-975-6794
Fax: 306-975-4089

Pacific region

British Columbia
60 Front Street L3
Nanaimo, BC
V9R 5H7

Telephone: 250-327-4101

Northern region

Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon
PO Box 1870
Suite 301, 933 Mivvik St.
Iqaluit, NU
X0A 0H0

Telephone: 867-975-4636
Fax: 867-975-4645

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