Migratory Bird Sanctuary Regulations: frequently asked questions

What is the purpose of these regulations?

The primary purpose of the Migratory Bird Sanctuary Regulations is to designate, establish and manage Migratory Bird Sanctuaries. Migratory Bird Sanctuaries are established for the protection and conservation of migratory birds. Activities that could harm migratory birds, their nests or their eggs are prohibited.

What are the key elements of these regulations?

The Migratory Bird Sanctuary Regulations:

In a Migratory Bird Sanctuary, you are not allowed to:

These prohibitions might not apply if:

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How do these regulations affect Canadian businesses?

The impacts of these regulations for businesses depend on where the Migratory Bird Sanctuary is located. A Migratory Bird Sanctuary can be established on:

There are no fees to enter a Migratory Bird Sanctuary. Many Migratory Bird Sanctuaries are popular tourist destinations. Activities that may benefit businesses in Migratory Bird Sanctuaries include:

Please contact us if you or your business plans to conduct activities in a Migratory Bird Sanctuary. Depending on the activity, a permit may be required. No fee is charged for permits issued.

What is the timeline for implementation?

These regulations were first made in 1920 and continue to be in force under the authority of the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994.

Where can I get more information?

For more information on the Migratory Bird Sanctuary Regulations, please contact us by email at ec.enviroinfo.ec@canada.ca or toll free at 1-800-668-6767.

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