Status update on modernization of Migratory Birds Regulations

The Migratory Birds Regulations (regulations) were drafted in 1917 and have never been comprehensively updated or revised. We are currently amending the regulations to:

  • update the language to modern standards
  • correct errors
  • re-structure them for clarity
  • address enforcement issues
  • implement new policies relating to the management of migratory bird hunting

The proposed amendments recognize the existing Aboriginal and treaty rights of the Aboriginal people in Canada under section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982, with respect to harvesting migratory birds and their eggs (implementation of the Parksville Protocol to the Migratory Birds Convention between Canada and the United States).

We held consultations on the proposed amendments with respect to references to Aboriginal people and the management of hunting in 2013 and 2014 respectively. We held consultations related to baiting for the purpose of hunting in 2017. All comments received during these consultations have been carefully considered.

The federal regulatory process for amending Canadian regulations has begun. We anticipate that the proposed new regulations will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part I in spring 2019. This will be followed by a 60 day public consultation period, after which we will carefully consider the comments received. We anticipate that the final regulations will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part II in the spring 2020, and that they will be in force for the fall 2020 hunting season.

For more information on the modernization of the Migratory Birds Regulations, please contact the Canadian Wildlife Service:

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