Application for a Species at Risk Permit

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1. Applicant Information

2. Qualifications of the applicant(s)

3. Preferred Language of Correspondence

4. Has the applicant received a SARA permit before?

5. Activity name

6. Listed Species affected

List species at risk that may be affected by the proposed activities (common and scientific names).

7. Purpose of the proposed activity(ies)

Select the option that most closely describes the purpose of your activity:

Indicate and explain if different purposes apply to different species at risk

8. Description of proposed activity(ies)

Provide a description of the activity(ies), and if applicable, a description of the project of which the activity is a part. Include an explanation of why each activity fits the category identified in the previous question.

9a. Location of the proposed activity(ies)

Provide a detailed description of the location of the activity(ies).

Indicate if the activity occurs in a land claim settlement area, on an Indian Reserve, or any other lands that are set apart for an Indian band.

If the activity will take place at sea, please indicate Fishery Management areas, and vessel , platform or aircraft information including photos, name and Commercial Fishing Vessel/Registration number, country of registration, and Foreign Vessel Clearance (if applicable).

10. Date of proposed activity(ies)

If applicable, describe the anticipated phases and their timelines:

11. Effects of the proposed activity(ies) on the species

  1. Describe any changes that the activity may cause to the individuals of the species, and the effect of those changes. Include the nature of the effect, and the estimated number of individuals that may be affected. Describe the potential significance of those effects on the population as a whole. If multiple activities are part of the project, please provide this information for each activity.

    Activity Change Effect Significance
  2. If applicable, describe any changes that the proposed activity(ies) may cause to any residences of the individuals of the species, and the effect of those changes. Include the nature of the effect, and the estimated number of residences that may be affected. Describe the potential significance of those effects on the population as a whole. If multiple activities are part of the project, please provide this information for each activity.

    Activity Change Effect Significance
  3. Describe any anticipated changes to the habitat of the species at risk. Include the amount and type of habitat to be impacted, and the life processes of the species supported by that habitat. Please indicate any habitat that is identified as critical habitat in a recovery strategy or action plan for the species. Describe the potential significance of those impacts on individuals of the species at risk or the population as a whole. If multiple activities are part of the project, please provide this information for each activity.

    Activity Change Effect Significance

12. Alternatives Considered

Describe, in detail, all the alternatives to the proposed activity(ies) that were considered to avoid or reduce the impact on the species, including:

  • other locations that have been considered that are outside of the species’ range or outside of critical habitat, and why these locations were rejected in favour of the current location. If no other locations were considered, please provide your rationale.
  • all alternative activities, technical or research designs, equipment or processes that were considered in order to achieve the outcomes of the proposed activity, and why these were rejected in favour of the proposed activity, design, equipment, or process (e.g., directional drilling instead of a stream crossing using trenching)
  • other timelines that were considered that would avoid periods when the species are present or sensitive to disturbance and, why these were rejected in favour of the proposed timelines

Explain why the current proposal is the best solution. If multiple activities are part of the project, please describe alternatives that were considered for each activity.

13. Measures to Minimize Impacts

Describe all the measures that will be implemented to minimize the impact of the activity on the species, its habitat, or the residences of its individuals, including:

  • a description of specific mitigation measures used to minimize impacts to the species (e.g., fish/mussel salvage, sediment and erosion control etc.) and the extent to which the measures have been demonstrated to be effective
  • specific contingency measures in the event that the mitigation measures fail
  • use of appropriate personnel to conduct the activities (e.g., the applicant has qualifications from a recognized institution, has demonstrated experience with the species, and/or has demonstrated experience with the proposed methodology)

If multiple activities are part of the project, please describe measures that will be implemented to minimize the impact of the activity on the species for each activity.

14. Monitoring

Describe how you will monitor the effects of your activity on the species. This includes monitoring the effectiveness of measures to minimize impacts to the species to determine whether the implementation of the measures achieved the intended outcomes.

15. Describe, to your best understanding, why the proposed activity(ies) will not jeopardize the survival or recovery of the species.

16. Offsetting measures

Will you be proposing offsetting measures to counterbalance residual adverse impacts that remain after implementing all reasonable alternatives to avoid impacts and all feasible measures to minimize impacts to the species?

Does your offsetting plan comply with the requirements outlined in section 16 of this Application Guide?

Have you discussed your offsetting plan with DFO?

If yes to any of the above, please attach your offsetting plan to the application.


The information you provide on this form is collected under the authority of the Species at Risk Act (SARA) for the purpose of applying for a SARA permit. The information will be used for processing the SARA permit. In addition, the information may be used by DFO’s Fisheries Officers for the purpose of compliance and enforcement with SARA. Failure to provide this personal information may result in your request being denied. You have the right to the correction of, access to, and protection of, your personal information under the Privacy Act and to file a complaint with the Privacy Commissioner of Canada over DFO’s handling of your information. Personal information collected through the processing of your application is described in SARA Permits Personal Information Bank DFO PPU 770 and can be accessed and assessed for accuracy. For more information, visit Info Source at www.infosource.gc.ca.

Please send your completed application to the Regional Manager, Species at Risk Program at the relevant DFO Regional office:

Pacific Region

(British Columbia, Yukon Territory, excluding the North Slope which is within Central and Arctic Region):

Fisheries and Oceans Canada
200-401 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 3S4
Tel:  (604) 666-7907
E-mail:  sara@pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Central & Arctic Region

(Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Yukon North Slope):

Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Freshwater Institute
501 University Cr
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N6
Tel:  (204) 983-4438
E-mail:  fisheriesprotection@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Quebec Region

(Quebec, St. Lawrence River, Northern Gulf of St. Lawrence):

Fisheries and Oceans Canada
850 Route de la Mer
C.P. 1000
Mont-Joli, Québec G5H 3Z4
Tel:  (418) 775-0763
E-mail:  lep-sara-qc@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Gulf Region

(Maritime Provinces adjacent to the Gulf of St. Lawrence):

Fisheries and Oceans Canada
P.O. Box 5030
343 Ave. Université
Moncton, N.B., E1C 9B6
Tel:  (506) 851-6253
Email:  GLF-SARA-LEP@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Maritimes Region

(from the northern tip of Cape Breton to the New Brunswick-Maine border):

Bedford Institute of Oceanography
P.O. Box 1006
1 Challenger Drive
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 4A2
Tel:  (902) 426-8503
E-mail:  XMARSARA@mar.dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Newfoundland/Labrador Region

(Newfoundland, Labrador):

Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Centre
East White Hills Rd
P.O. Box 5667
St. John’s, NFLD A1C 5X1
Tel:  (709) 772-4088
E-mail:  SARANL-LEPTNL@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
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