Navigable Waters Protection Act Tag

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...

As has been widely reported, the second omnibus budget bill has been tabled in Parliament (Bill C-45).  Part of the Bill is aimed at amending the Navigable Waters Protection Act (NWPA) to focus its regulatory application on impacts on prescribed navigable waters (listed in a...

  By Adam Driedzic and Laura Bowman   Federal Budget Bill hides major changes in Environmental Assessment Law   The federal budget bill tabled on March 29th 2010 includes buried changes to the federal environmental assessment regime.  Bill C-9 is sweeping omnibus legislation, coming in at over 900 pages...

By Laura Bowman The Navigable Waters Protection Act (NWPA) has existed since 1882 and is one of the oldest pieces of legislation in Canada.  Public common law rights to navigate water bodies have existed for over a thousand years, and have been adopted into Canadian common...