Species at risk public registry

On March 31, 2022, the Government of Canada introduced Bill S-6, An Act respecting regulatory modernization. The Bill proposes amendments to 29 statutes, including targeted amendments to the Species at Risk Act (SARA) that would clarify certain requirements and remove those that are outdated. For more information, see: Bill S-6, An Act respecting regulatory modernization.

In this registry you will find documents relating to the administration of the Species at Risk Act (SARA). The act is part of Canada’s strategy to protect hundreds of wild plants and animal species from becoming extinct, and to help in their recovery. Please visit the species at risk sub-topic page to read more about species at risk and the act, the accord and the funding program, and visit our education centre. Help with navigating the Species at Risk Public Registry.



Species search

Search species list by range, taxonomy group, risk category or schedule.

Schedule 1 - List of wildlife species at Risk

Access the official lists of wildlife species at risk (schedules 1, 2 and 3).

Species listing process under the Species at Risk Act

Measures to Protect Listed Wildlife Species


Species at Risk Act (SARA) instruments

The following sections provide information relating to SARA instruments and the implementation of the Act.

Parliamentary review

Section 129 of the Species at Risk Act requires Parliament to review the Act five years after that section comes into force.


Status reports

Status reports


Recovery strategies

A recovery strategy is a planning document that identifies what needs to be done to stop or reverse the decline of a species.

Action plans

Action plans identify the measures to take to implement the recovery strategy for threatened, endangered and extirpated species.

Management plans

Management plans include measures for the conservation of species of special concern and their habitat.

Residence descriptions / rationales

Residence descriptions and rationales describe the dwelling-place such as a den, nest or other similar area or place that is occupied by a species.

Critical habitat orders, reports and statements

Documents on the identification and protection of habitat that is necessary for the survival or recovery of a species.

Recovery guidance handbook (ROMAN) [archived]

Current best practices for recovery.

Saving the wild; an opportunity to participate in species at risk recovery in Canada 

This publication celebrates the tens of thousands of Canadians from all walks of life who are striving to save the wild in Canada.

Identification of critical habitat

Critical habitat identification toolbox

Under the federal Species at Risk Act (SARA), critical habitat (CH) is the habitat that is necessary for the survival or recovery of listed extirpated, endangered, or threatened species, and that is identified as CH in a recovery strategy or action plan. This CH Identification Toolbox is intended to be used by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) recovery practitioners and those who work with ECCC in the development of recovery documents where CH identification is required.

ECCC  invites you to familiarize yourself with the process by which ECCC identifies critical habitat for endangered and threatened species.

Recovery document posting plans

Documents detailing multi-year plans for posting recovery documents by Environment Canada, Parks Canada, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada.



A permit may be required to conduct an activity that could affect a species listed under SARA, or its habitat.

SARA permits, agreements and exceptions

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A requirement of SARA is the establishment of this registry for the purpose of providing easy access to documents relating to matters under the act.

In addition to the documents listed in the previous tabs, this registry contains thousands of documents in 40 categories.

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A list of current and past public consultations.

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Note: A new online commenting feature is available for all stakeholders wishing to send comments on proposed regulations published in the Canada Gazette.

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