Status update on modernization of Migratory Birds Regulations

Drafted in 1917, the Migratory Birds Regulations 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 existing Aboriginal and treaty rights according to section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982, with respect to harvesting migratory birds and their eggs.

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 bait authorizations and the intentional flooding of fields for the purpose of hunting in 2017. We have carefully considered all comments received during these consultations.

The proposed revised regulations have been published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, and a public comment period took place from June 1, 2019 to September 30, 2019. All comments received are being carefully considered by Environment and Climate Change Canada in the development of the final regulations. We anticipate that the revised regulations will be published in late 2020 or early 2021, and will come into force in July 2021, in time for the fall 2021 hunting season.

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

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