Status update on modernization of Migratory Birds Regulations

Drafted in 1917, the Migratory Birds Regulations (Regulations) have never been comprehensively updated or revised. As such, the Department is currently undertaking the process of amending the Regulations to update the language to modern standards, correct errors, re-structure the regulations for clarity, address enforcement issues, and clarify the provisions relating to the management of migratory bird hunting. The amendments also include references to Aboriginal Peoples of Canada (implementation of the Parksville Protocol to the Migratory Birds Convention between Canada and the United States (schedule, section 2).

Consultations on the proposed amendments with respect to references to Aboriginal people and the management of hunting were held in 2013 and 2014 respectively. The comments received during these consultations have been carefully considered and the Department is now working with the Department of Justice to draft the new Regulations with a complete first draft of the new Regulations anticipated for the fall of 2017. Consultations related to baiting for the purpose of hunting were held in 2017, and feedback is still being considered.

After the draft of the new Regulations has been carefully reviewed within ECCC, the federal regulatory process for amending Canadian regulations will be initiated. It is anticipated that the proposed new Regulations will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part I in the fall of 2018 for a 60-day public consultation period, after which the Department will carefully consider the comments received. It is anticipated that the final regulations will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part II in the spring of 2019 and come into force in time for the fall hunting season that year.

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

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