Federal laws protecting Canadian waters under threat

Federal laws protecting Canadian waters under threat


It has been about a year since the federal government introduced Bills C-38 and C-45 which have weakened Canada’s environmental laws.

Among other things, Bill C-38 contained significant changes to the Fisheries Act.  Implementation of these changes means that the level of protection for Canadian fisheries will be drastically reduced.  The longstanding prohibition against the harmful alteration, disruption or destruction of any fish habitat will be removed.

In its place will be a weaker prohibition against activities that result in serious harm to fish that are part of a commercial, recreational or Aboriginal fishery, or to fish that support such a fishery.  The definition of “serious harm to fish” is “the death of fish or any permanent alteration to, or destruction of, fish habitat”.

Read “Federal laws protecting Canadian waters under threat” on the ELC blog.

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