News Releases

A complete listing of the department's News Releases and Statements issued in the last year. Archives are also accessible from this page.

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2013

December

  • SemCAMS ULC Pleads Guilty and is Ordered to Pay $350,000 for Release of Industrial Wastewater from Ruptured Pipeline

    EDMONTON, AB – December 27, 2013 – SemCAMS ULC was ordered to pay $350,000 on December 23, 2013, in Alberta Provincial Court after pleading guilty to one count under the Fisheries Act and one count under provincial environmental legislation. The charges relate to a release of 852,000 litres of industrial wastewater from a ruptured pipeline near Fox Creek, Alberta.

  • Domtar Inc. Ordered to Pay $75,000 for Violations of Fisheries

    ESPANOLA, Ont. – December 20, 2013 – Domtar Inc. was sentenced on December 17, 2013, in Ontario Provincial Court for violating the Fisheries Act and was ordered to pay $75,000, of which $67,500 will be directed to the Environmental Damages Fund.

  • North Atlantic Refining Limited Fined $100,000 for Fisheries Act Violation

    ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – December 20, 2013 – North Atlantic Refining Limited (NARL) of Newfoundland and Labrador was sentenced to pay $100,000 in St. John’s Provincial Court after pleading guilty to violating the Fisheries Act.

  • Minister Aglukkaq Leads Canada’s International Efforts to Conserve Polar Bear

    MOSCOW, Russia – December 6, 2013 – The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, met with counterparts in Moscow, Russia, to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the 1973 Agreement on the Conservation of Polar Bears. During the meeting, Range States agreed upon a joint declaration aimed at furthering the international conservation and management of polar bears.

  • Government of Canada Takes Action to Protect Greater Sage-Grouse

    OTTAWA, Ont. – December 4, 2013 – The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, announced today that the Government of Canada published an Emergency Order to protect the Greater Sage-Grouse under the Species at Risk Act.

  • Minister Aglukkaq to Meet with Polar Bear Range States in Russia

    MOSCOW, Russia – December 2, 2013 – The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, will lead the Canadian delegation at the 40th Anniversary of the International Agreement on the Conservation of Polar Bears in Moscow, Russia, from December 4-6, 2013.

  • D. & L. Estates Limited Fined for Violating the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

    THUNDER BAY, Ont. – December 2, 2013 – D. & L. Estates Limited was sentenced Monday, November 25, 2013, to pay $25,000 in Ontario Provincial Court for an offence under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, (CEPA, 1999) related to non compliance with the PCB Regulations (SOR/2008-273). The offence took place at the former NORAD radar station in Armstrong Station, Ontario, close to the north shore of Lake Nipigon, now owned by D. & L. Estates.

November

  • Government of Canada Supports Establishment of First Nations Community Weather Station

    ESKASONI, N.S. – November 29, 2013 – The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice, Attorney General of Canada and Regional Minister for Nova Scotia, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Canada’s Environment Minister, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, today announced the official opening of a partner weather station in Eskasoni First Nation, Nova Scotia, with more than $70,000 of in-kind support from Environment Canada.

  • Canada’s Environment Minister to Travel to Warsaw, Poland, for the United Nations Conference on Climate Change

    OTTAWA, Ont. – November 18, 2013 – The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, will lead the Canadian delegation at the 19th Conference of Parties (COP 19) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Warsaw, Poland, from November 18-22, 2013.

  • Illegal Importation of Reptiles Nets Jail Time and Fines

    CORNWALL, Ont. – November 12, 2013 – Dennis Day of Cobden, Ontario, was sentenced on November 5 in the Ontario Court of Justice after pleading guilty on July 23, 2013 to two counts of violating federal laws regulating the import of reptiles.

  • Canadians Elected to Important Roles within INTERPOL

    The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, announced today that two Environment Canada senior enforcement officials have been appointed to key positions within INTERPOL’s Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Committee (ECEC).

  • Teck Metals Ltd. sentenced to pay $210,000 for discharging sodium hydroxide into the Columbia River (BC)

    ROSSLAND, B.C. – November 6, 2013 – Teck Metals Ltd. was sentenced to pay $210,000 in British Columbia Provincial Court for offences under the Fisheries Act and the Spill Reporting Regulation of the Environmental Management Act related to a release of sodium hydroxide into the Columbia River.

  • Government of Canada Invests in Aboriginal Projects for Species at Risk in Bear River, Nova Scotia

    BEAR RIVER, N.S. – November 4 2013 – Greg Kerr, Member of Parliament for West Nova, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Canada’s Environment Minister, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, today announced $116,000 in funding over two years from the Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk Program for a new environmental project in Bear River, Nova Scotia.

  • Government of Canada Invests in a Community Environmental Project in Nova Scotia

    BEAR RIVER, N.S. – November 4, 2013 – Greg Kerr, Member of Parliament for West Nova, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Canada’s Environment Minister, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, today announced $48,000 in funding spread over two years from the EcoAction Community Funding Program for a new environmental project for Bear River, Nova Scotia.

  • Government of Canada Releases the 2013-2016 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy

    OTTAWA, Ont. – November 4, 2013 – The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Canada’s Environment Minister, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, today released the 2013-2016 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy.

October

  • Chinook Fuels Ltd. Sentenced to Pay $60,000 for Offences under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

    FORT McMURRAY, Alta. – October 24, 2013 – Chinook Fuels Ltd, of Fort McMurray, Alberta, was sentenced on Friday, October 18, to pay $60,000 in Alberta Provincial Court to the Environmental Damages Fund for offences under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999. The company pleaded guilty to the transfer of petroleum products into unregistered tanks, failure to register tanks with Environment Canada, and failure to have tanks installed by a party approved to do so in the Province of Alberta.

  • Operation Bruin Leads to a Conviction and Penalty for Dunmore, Alberta, Resident

    MEDICINE HAT, Alta – October 22, 2013 – John (Jack) Whitmarsh of Dunmore, Alberta, was convicted on October 16, 2013, in Alberta Provincial Court on two counts for illegally possessing and importing an Alaskan brown bear into Canada. Whitmarsh was sentenced to pay $15,000 for violating subsection 6(1) and paragraph 8(a) of the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act (WAPPRIITA).

  • Government of Canada Supports Water Quality Monitoring Program in Annapolis River

    ANNAPOLIS ROYAL, N.S. – October 18, 2013 – Greg Kerr, Member of Parliament for West Nova, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Canada’s Environment Minister, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, today announced $45,000 in funding to the Clean Annapolis River Project (CARP) from the Atlantic Ecosystem Initiatives. This will be used for a suite of monitoring projects in the Annapolis River watershed to assess water quality and ecosystem health.

  • Government of Canada Invests in a Community Environmental Project in Nova Scotia

    BEAR RIVER, N.S. – October 18, 2013 – Greg Kerr, Member of Parliament for West Nova, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Canada’s Environment Minister, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, today announced $48,000 in funding spread over two years from the EcoAction Community Funding Program for a new environmental project for Bear River, Nova Scotia.

  • Canada Signs Global Treaty to Reduce Mercury Emissions

    OTTAWA, Ont. – October 10, 2013 – The Government of Canada today signed the Minamata Convention on Mercury, a global agreement to reduce mercury emissions and releases to the environment. The Convention is a legally-binding treaty negotiated under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Its primary objective is to protect human health and the environment from human sources of emissions and releases of mercury and mercury compounds.

  • Ivory Smuggler Guilty - Narwhal Tusk Trafficking Case Ends in $385,000 Penalty, Conditional Sentence, and Court Orders

    ST. STEPHEN, N.B. – October 2, 2013 – Yesterday, in provincial court, Gregory (Greg) Logan, of Woodmans Point, New Brunswick, was convicted of seven counts for offences related to the illegal export of about 250 Narwhal ivory tusks to the United States. These offences were committed over a period of seven years. Mr. Logan was sentenced to pay a penalty of $385,000. This penalty is the largest in Canada for offences under the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act (WAPPRIITA).

September

  • Randle Reef Clean-Up Project takes important step forward

    HAMILTON, Ont. – September 30, 2013 – An important milestone for the Randle Reef sediment remediation project has been reached, with the partners announcing today that all legal agreements to fund and implement the project have been completed and signed. The Governments of Canada and Ontario, the City of Hamilton, the Hamilton Port Authority, U.S. Steel Canada, the City of Burlington, and Halton Region are working together on this $138.9 million clean-up project.

  • Canada and B.C. renew water monitoring agreement

    VICTORIA, B.C. – September 29, 2013 – The governments of Canada and British Columbia (B.C.) have renewed their water quantity monitoring agreement, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council and B.C. Environment Minister Mary Polak announced today on World/B.C. Rivers Day.

  • Snoc (2010) Inc. Fined $20,000 for Violating the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

    SAINT-HYACINTHE, Que. – September 27, 2013 – On September 10, 2013, at the Saint-Hyacinthe courthouse, Snoc (2010) Inc., a company specializing in light fixture manufacturing in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, pleaded guilty to a charge of violating the Solvent Degreasing Regulations, thus also violating the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA, 1999). The company was fined $5,000 and ordered to pay $15,000 to the Environmental Damages Fund. The company must also publish an article in the business magazine Les Affaires and train company officials on the criminal consequences of failing to comply with CEPA, 1999.

  • The Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area: A Must-see for Fall Outings

    QUEBEC CITY, Que. – September 25, 2013 – Environment Canada’s Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area invites you to visit its exceptional site, a must see destination that will inspire you with its wide variety of natural environments, its colours and the Greater Snow Geese.

  • Toronto Dry Cleaner Fined $60,000 for Environmental Offences

    TORONTO, Ont. – September 23, 2013 – Ashford Cleaners Inc., a dry cleaner operating in Toronto, Ontario, was sentenced on August 19, 2013, in the Ontario Provincial Court of Justice for offences under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA, 1999).

  • Government of Canada taking action to protect the Greater Sage-Grouse

    OTTAWA, Ont. – September 17, 2013 – The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, announced today the Government’s intention to introduce an Emergency Protection Order for the Greater Sage-Grouse in the coming months.

  • Minister Aglukkaq Travels to Norway to Attend the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants

    OTTAWA, ON – September 1st, 2013 – The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, will travel to Oslo, Norway from September 2-3 to participate in the high-level assembly of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants.

August

  • The Harper Government Announces Investment in Community Environmental Projects Across Canada

    Winnipeg, Man. – August 28, 2013 – The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, today announced $4.5 million in funding under the EcoAction Community Funding Program for new and existing projects in 2013-14. We have already approved 83 new projects this year.

  • Government of Canada Supports Water Quality Education Project in Kenora, Ontario

    KENORA, Ont. – August 26, 2013 – The Honourable Greg Rickford, Minister of State for Science and Technology, on behalf of Canada’s Environment Minister, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, today announced $24,636 in support to the Lake of the Wood Development Commission from the Lake Winnipeg Basin Stewardship Fund.

  • Joint Canada/Alberta Implementation Plan for Oil Sands Monitoring begins summer air monitoring project

    FORT MCMURRAY, AB – August 12, 2013 – A comprehensive environmental field study to gather information on air contaminants in the Wood Buffalo region will occur from August 12 to mid-September 2013. The collaborative study between government, non-government, university and community partners will collect both airborne and ground-based measurements to determine how air pollutants are transformed and transported across the landscape.

June

May

  • Minister Kent Highlights the Importance of Science to Deliver Weather, Water and Climate Services to Canadians

    Minister Kent Highlights the Importance of Science to Deliver Weather, Water and Climate Services to Canadians

  • Canadian Hurricane Centre Ready for the 2013 Hurricane Season

    HALIFAX, N.S. – May 24, 2013 – Environment Canada’s Canadian Hurricane Centre (CHC) is encouraging Canadians to prepare for the 2013 hurricane season. The season officially starts on June 1st. The United States’ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) outlook, released earlier today, predicts a 70 percent likelihood of 13 to 20 named storms, of which 7 to 11 could become hurricanes, including 3 to 6 major hurricanes. These ranges are well above the seasonal average of 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes.

  • Harper Government Delivers on Clean Air Commitments for Canadians

    OTTAWA, Ont. – May 24, 2013– Canadians will soon benefit from improved air quality, Environment Minister Peter Kent and Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq announced today, as a result of the new Canadian Ambient Air Quality Standards (CAAQS).

  • Minister Kent Highlights Canada’s Environmental Achievements

    BRUSSELS, Belgium - May 15, 2013 - Canada’s Environment Minister, the Honourable Peter Kent, spoke today with the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels, Belgium, on Canada’s environmental achievements and the importance of collaborating with international partners to advance mutual goals in ensuring a clean, safe and sustainable environment and addressing climate change.

  • Government of Canada Invests in a Community Environmental Project in Manitoba

    BRANDON, Man. - May 14, 2013 - Merv Tweed, Member of Parliament for Brandon—Souris, on behalf of Canada’s Environment Minister, the Honourable Peter Kent, today announced funding from the EcoAction Community Funding Program for a new environmental project in Brandon, Manitoba. Brandon Riverbank Inc. will receive $99,856 in federal funding to support local action to protect wildlife and natural habitat.

  • Canada's Environment Minister to Meet with Officials during European Tour

    OTTAWA, Ont. – May 12, 2013 – Canada’s Environment Minister, the Honourable Peter Kent, will travel to Europe this week to speak on Canada’s environmental achievements and to highlight advancements made in key sectors.

  • Government of Canada Invests in a Community Environmental Project in London

    LONDON, Ont. – May 4, 2013 – Ed Holder, Member of Parliament for London West, on behalf of Canada’s Environment Minister, the Honourable Peter Kent, today announced funding from the EcoAction Community Funding Program for a new environmental project in London, Ontario. ReForest London will receive $55,000 in federal funding over three years to support local action to protect wildlife and natural habitat.

  • Federal Ministers Meet With Members of Hunting and Angling Advisory Panel

    OTTAWA, Ont. – May 3, 2013 – Canada’s Environment Minister, the Honourable Peter Kent, and Canada’s Fisheries and Oceans Minister, the Honourable Keith Ashfield, met with members of the Hunting and Angling Advisory Panel (HAAP) over the past two days.

April

March

  • Harper Government Invests in Great Lakes Clean-Up

    NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. � March 22, 2013 � Today, the Honourable Peter Kent, Canada�s Environment Minister, announced a major investment under the Great Lakes Sustainability Fund to support 57 clean-up projects in officially designated Great Lakes Areas of Concern.

  • Minister Kent Discusses Canada’s Green Economy at European Union–Canada Conference

    MONTREAL, Que. – March 20, 2013 – Canada’s Environment Minister, the Honourable Peter Kent, spoke at the European Union–Canada Going Green Conference in Montreal today on Canada’s approach to creating a greener economy.

  • Canada’s Environment Minister Discusses Environmental Technologies in Montreal

    MONTREAL, Que. – March 19, 2013 – Canada’s Environment Minister, the Honourable Peter Kent, spoke today at AMERICANA 2013, the International Environmental Technology Trade Show and Conference, about the Government of Canada’s engagement toward clean technology. This unique forum encourages scientific, technical and commercial dialogue and allows expertise to be disseminated on an international scale.

  • Government of Canada Invests in a Community Environmental Project in Lunenburg

    LUNENBURG, N.S. -- March 15, 2013 -- Gerald Keddy, Member of Parliament for South Shore-St. Margaret’s, on behalf of Canada’s Environment Minister, the Honourable Peter Kent, today announced funding from the EcoAction Community Funding Program for a new environmental project in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

  • Government of Canada Invests in a Community Environmental Project in the Maritimes

    AMHERST, N.S. – March 14, 2013 – Scott Armstrong, Member of Parliament for Cumberland—Colchester—Musquodoboit Valley, on behalf of Canada’s Environment Minister, the Honourable Peter Kent, today announced funding from the EcoAction Community Funding Program for a new environmental project in the Maritimes.

  • Canada’s Environment Minister Discusses Environmental Initiatives in Vancouver

    VANCOUVER, B.C. – March 13, 2013 – Canada’s Environment Minister, the Honourable Peter Kent, spoke to the Vancouver Board of Trade today about the Government of Canada’s initiatives to strengthen environmental protection.

  • Canada and B.C. Accept Japanese Funding to Address Tsunami Debris

    VANCOUVER, B.C. -- March 13, 2013 -- Today, Canada’s Environment Minister, the Honourable Peter Kent, accepted on behalf of Canada a one-time grant of approximately $1 million from the Government of Japan to support clean-up work associated with debris from the March 2011 Japanese tsunami.

  • Government of Canada Invests in a Community Environmental Project in Waterloo

    WATERLOO, Ont. – March 12, 2013 – Stephen Woodworth, Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Centre, on behalf of Canada’s Environment Minister, the Honourable Peter Kent, today announced funding from the EcoAction Community Funding Program for a new environmental project in Waterloo, Ontario. REEP Green Solutions will receive $56,000 in federal funding over two years to support local action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Government of Canada Invests in a Community Environmental Project in Pigeon Lake

    KAWARTHA LAKES, Ont. – March 11, 2013 – Chris Alexander, Member of Parliament for Ajax—Pickering, on behalf of Canada’s Environment Minister, the Honourable Peter Kent, today announced funding from the EcoAction Community Funding Program for a new environmental project in Pigeon Lake, near Lindsay, Ontario. The Gamiing Nature Centre will receive $71,402 in federal funding over three years to support local action to improve water quality and aquatic habitat while increasing ecosystem biodiversity.

  • Government of Canada Invests in a Community Environmental Project in Bruce County, Ontario

    RIPLEY, Ont. -- March 8, 2013 -- Ben Lobb, Member of Parliament for Huron-Bruce, on behalf of Canada’s Environment Minister, the Honourable Peter Kent, today announced funding from the EcoAction Community Funding Program for a new environmental project in Bruce County, Ontario.

  • Registration for the Greater Snow Goose Fall Hunt at Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area

    QUÉBEC, Que. -- March 5, 2013 -- Environment Canada wishes to inform waterfowl hunters that they can register for the random draw to hunt Greater Snow Geese next fall at the Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area.

February

  • Canada Continues to Align Greenhouse Gas Emissions Measures with the United States

    MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – February 25, 2013 – Today the Honourable Peter Kent, Canada’s Environment Minister, announced final regulations to improve fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from new on-road heavy-duty vehicles and engines. This is another step in our plan to align our environmental regulations with the United States.

  • Harper Government Continues to Make Concrete Progress in Environmental Sustainability

    OTTAWA, Ont. – February 15, 2013 – Canada’s Environment Minister, the Honourable Peter Kent, today released the 2012 Progress Report on the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) and the 2013-16 draft Strategy for a 120 day period of public consultations.

  • Government of Canada Invests in a Community Environmental Project in Quebec

    QUÉBEC, Que. – February 14, 2013 – The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Member of Parliament for Lévis—Bellechasse, on behalf of Canada’s Environment Minister, the Honourable Peter Kent, today announced funding from the EcoAction Community Funding Program for a new environmental project in Quebec. The Association québécoise de lutte contre la pollution atmosphérique will receive $88,000 in federal funding to support action across Quebec to promote best practices regarding energy efficiency.

January

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