Consultation Process on Migratory Game Bird Hunting Regulations

Environment Canada is responsible for the management of sustainable hunting of migratory game birds in Canada. The migratory bird hunting regulations are developed under the Migratory Birds Regulations, which implement the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994, and in accordance with the Objectives and Guidelines for the Establishment of National Regulations for Migratory Game Bird Hunting.

In order to facilitate transparency in decision-making, and provide an opportunity for all interested parties to participate in the development of the migratory bird hunting regulations, Environment Canada has developed a national process to consult on the proposed regulations which has been in place since 1988.  As part of this consultation process, Environment Canada produces three Migratory Birds Regulatory Reports.  

The first report, Population Status of Migratory Game Birds in Canada, contains population and other biological information on migratory game birds. It examines population trends for these bird species to determine sustainable harvest levels.

The second report, Proposals to Amend the Canadian Migratory Birds Regulations, outlines the proposed changes to the hunting regulations, as well as other proposed amendments to the Migratory Birds Regulations.

The third report, Migratory Game Bird Hunting Regulations in Canada, is the final step in the annual consultation process.  The main functions of this report are to describe which of the proposed amendments have been made into law for the upcoming hunting season and to provide the rationale for those decisions.  It also presents early information on any changes in the population status of migratory birds based on the surveys completed during the spring and early summer. 

Access Migratory Birds Regulatory Reports from previous hunting seasons

Migratory game bird hunters are made aware of the migratory game bird hunting regulations at the same time as they receive information on the season dates, bag and possession limits, when they purchase their hunting permits.