Fish Habitat Protection

About the Review

A clean environment and a strong economy go hand in hand. We have a responsibility to steward our resources with care, and we are committed to improving the tools we use to protect the environment and ensure the sustainability of Canada's fisheries.

The Fisheries Act gives the government authority to manage Canadian fisheries and to protect the habitat that supports them. This review will look at recent changes to the Fisheries Act and propose ways to restore lost protections and incorporate modern safeguards into the Act.

The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, along with the Minister of Transport, are asking Parliament's Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans and the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities to examine recent changes to the Fisheries Act and the Navigation Protection Act and to hear from Canadians.

Have your say!

Parliamentary Committee

As an independent and public forum, a parliamentary committee can hear from witnesses including experts. All Canadians are welcome to submit briefs or ask to appear as witnesses. You can also attend the hearings in person or watch them on the parliamentary web channel.

Next steps

While the review is underway, the government will continue to ensure that fish and fish habitat are protected to support sustainable fisheries. We will also implement new processes to monitor the development of projects and we will report back to the public on how fish and fish habitat are being protected. We intend to publish our first report next fall.

Other ways we are engaging Canadians

Provinces and Territories

  • We are working with our provincial and territorial partners through the Canadian Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers (CCFAM).

Indigenous groups

  • As part of the government's commitment to renewing our relationship with Indigenous peoples, Fisheries and Oceans Canada will work directly with Indigenous groups to ensure that their concerns are heard and taken into account. Participant funding has been made available to make sure groups are able to participate and express their views.

Key dates and activities

  • Fall 2016
    • Canadians shared their views at
    • Parliamentary committee begins work
    • Participant funding window opens for Indigenous groups
    • Engagement continues with provinces and territories
  • Early 2017
    • Parliamentary committee submits report and recommendations to Parliament

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