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.

The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, along with the Minister of Transport, asked 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 Navigable Waters Protection Act and to hear from Canadians.

As an independent and public forum, the parliamentary committee heard from witnesses and invited experts.  The final report from the committee is now available.

A series of fact sheets have also been developed to provide additional background information to help you better participate in the conversation and share your views:

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 provided funding to Indigenous groups to ensure that their concerns were heard and taken into account.

Key dates and activities

  • Fall 2016 / Winter 2017
    • The Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities studying the changes to the Act that came into force in 2014.
    • Views may be shared with the Minister of Transport and Transport Canada until January 30, 2017.
  • Early 2017
    • The Standing Committee tabled its findings in Parliament on March 23, 2017.
  • Spring / Summer 2017
    • Response to Standing Committee Report and development of options for change.

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