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Environment Canada is the federal government's main environmental arm. Its mandate is to:

  • preserve and enhance the quality of the natural environment, including water, air and soil quality;
  • conserve Canada's renewable resources, including migratory birds and other non-domestic flora and fauna;
  • conserve and protect Canada's water resources;
  • carry out meteorology;
  • enforce the rules made by the Canada - United States International Joint Commission relating to boundary waters; and,
  • to co-ordinate environmental policies and programs for the federal government.

Environment Canada promotes a vision of Canada where people make responsible decisions about the environment, where the environment is sustained for the benefit of present and future generations, and helps Canadians live and prosper in an environment that needs to be respected, protected and conserved.

Environment Canada and FREMP
As a federal agency, Environment Canada is responsible for every aspect of Canada's environment: land, water, air, and wildlife. Any actions for the Fraser River estuary must be consistent with policies established for the rest of Canada.

Environment Canada plays an important role in all areas of the Program, with a presence on the Management Committee, the Water and Land Use Committee and the FREMP Environmental Review Committee.

Legislation most applicable to the FREMP area includes the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA), the Fisheries Act (principally Section 36(3) which prohibits the planned or accidental discharge of deleterious substances to waters frequented by fish), the Migratory Birds Convention Act, and the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. Environment Canada co-ordinates waterfowl surveys through the Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS) branch.


The Canadian Wildlife Service

The Canadian Wildlife Service is Canada's national wildlife agency which operates under the auspices of Environment Canada. They handle wildlife matters that are the responsibility of the federal government. This includes the protection and management of migratory birds and nationally important wildlife habitat, endangered species, research on nationally important wildlife issues, control of international trade in endangered species, and international treaties. The federal and provincial governments share wildlife management in Canada.

In 1973 the Canada Wildlife Act was passed enabling the federal government to carry out wildlife research and, in co-operation with the provinces, to undertake a wide range of wildlife conservation and interpretation activities for "any non-domestic animals or their habitats."

 

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