A Fisheries Act for the future
Fulfilling our mandate to restore lost protections and incorporate modern safeguards
Canada needs a strong Fisheries Act to protect fish and their habitat for future generations. We're proposing changes that will safeguard fish, protect the environment and benefit our communities.
Tracking Bill C-68
A fisheries act for the future
Tabling of proposed legislation Bill C-68 February 2018
Bill C-68 passes in the House of Commons June 2018
Public participation opportunity on regulations
Summer 2018 – Fall 2018
Bill C-68 referred to Senate possible public participation opportunity with Senate committee
Possible timeframe for Bill C-68 passing in parliament and granted royal assent 2019
Possible timeframe for fish and fish habitat protections provisions coming into force 2019
Ongoing development of regulations Public participation opportunities 2019
We’re proposing changes to the Fisheries Act that would protect all fish and their habitat, take early steps towards reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, provide clarity for development projects, quickly address urgent threats to species and ecosystems, strengthen how we protect biodiversity, keep the benefits of fishing with harvesters and their communities. We’re proposing a Fisheries Act for the future.
Introducing the proposed Fisheries Act
Overview of proposed amendments, including restored protections for fish habitat, enhanced marine protection and habitat restoration, better management of projects, preserving independent inshore fisheries and a strengthened Indigenous role in project reviews, monitoring and policy development.
Protecting fish and fish habitat
Restoring protections like the prohibition against the harmful alteration, disruption and destruction of fish habitat.
Better management of projects
Enabling responsible development around fish and their habitat through clearer permitting and codes of practice.
Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples
Promoting the recognition of rights, respect, co-operation and partnering with Indigenous communities.
Protecting biodiversity and addressing threats
Creating measures for protecting biodiversity and addressing urgent threats to species and habitat.
Supporting independent fishers
Supporting a strong independent inshore commercial fishery.
Restoring and rebuilding
Restoring damaged habitat and rebuilding depleted fish stocks.
What we heard from you
Proposed amendments to the Fisheries Act were made with Canadian views in mind. We sought feedback from stakeholders, partners and Indigenous peoples on restoring lost protections and adding modern safeguards through online public consultation, in-person meetings and written submissions.
- Application process for an authorization under the act
- Independence of inshore fishers in Atlantic Canada and Quebec
Infographic summarizing consultations on the Fisheries Act
2163 Canadians registered online
5438 completed e-workbooks
Over 170 meetings with Indigenous groups
Over 200 Indigenous group submissions
Over 200 letters to the Minister
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