Navigation Protection

About the Review

In 2012, omnibus budget legislation included changes to various pieces of federal legislation that apply to the review of projects, which included amendments to the Navigable Waters Protection Act (including its renaming to the Navigation Protection Act).

The amendments to the Navigable Waters Protection Act, which came into force in 2014, concentrated the application of the Act on 162 of Canada's busiest commercial and recreational navigable waterways by introducing a list of Scheduled waters (i.e., oceans, lakes and rivers).

The Government of Canada has promised to review the recent changes to the Navigable Waters Protection Act, restore lost protections and incorporate modern safeguards.

Parliament's Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities examined changes to the Navigable Waters Protection Act.
As an independent and public forum, the parliamentary committee heard from witnesses and invited experts.  The final report from the committee was tabled on March 23, 2017.

On June 20, 2017, the Government of Canada tabled its response to the Standing Committee, accepting all of its 11 recommendations. Engagement has been central to this legislative review, and will continue over the summer as the Government of Canada moves forward with a dialogue on proposed changes and determines the best path forward for Canada’s navigation protection regime.

How to Participate

Transport Canada will seek views this summer on proposals for legislative, policy and program changes to improve the administration of the Navigation Protection Act. This stage of the review will be supported by a discussion paper and supporting materials on proposed changes, which are expected to be available in the coming weeks.

A series of fact sheets were developed in October 2016 to provide additional background information to help you better participate in the review:

Other ways we are engaging

Provinces and Territories

  • We are working with our provincial and territorial partners through the Canadian Council of Deputy Ministers Responsible for Transportation and Highway Safety. A Working Group has also been established, to ensure on-going communication with the provinces and territories throughout the review.

Indigenous groups

  • As part of the Government of Canada's commitment to renewing our relationship with Indigenous peoples, Transport Canada has established a participant funding program to support participation of Indigenous groups in the review and ensure their concerns are heard and taken into account.

Key dates and activities

  • Fall 2016 / Winter 2017
    • The Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities studied the changes to the Act that came into force in 2014.
    • Views were shared with the Minister of Transport and Transport Canada until March 2017.
  • Early 2017
    • The Standing Committee tabled its findings in Parliament on March 23, 2017.
  • Summer 2017
    • The Government tabled its response to Standing Committee Report on June 20, 2017.
    • Engagement on proposed legislative, program and policy changes will continue until August 28, 2017, on proposed legislative, program and policy changes.

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