Regulations are one of the instruments in the toolbox that Environment Canada uses to achieve environmental objectives and meet statutory obligations. Regulations are legally enforceable instruments that can create different kinds of requirements on different kinds of activities, including restrictions on some activities and authorizations on others to improve scientific research or commercial activities in an environmentally sustainable manner. They can require reporting, monitoring, research and sharing of information.
Environment Canada is one of the Government of Canada's most active regulators, administering over 70 regulations that regulate certain activities of industries, other levels of government, trading partners and Canadians in every region of the country. Because of this, Environment Canada is always seeking to improve its regulatory performance as a part of its commitment to operate as a World Class Regulator.
Below you will find links to Environment Canada's regulations along with information on many of its regulatory programs including Frequently Asked Questions.
Information is also available on Environment Canada's World Class Regulator commitment.
This section provides information on AEPA permits and a link to AEPA regulations on the Department of Justice website.
This section contains a regularly updated list of, and information on, regulations under CEPA 1999, including Frequently Asked Questions.
This section provides the regulations administered by Environment Canada for the energy and transportation sectors and the department’s major priorities regarding them.
This section provides summaries of the migratory bird hunting regulations for each province and territory.
This section provides information the administration of the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act, including a link to regulations.
This section provides links to the Migratory Birds Conventions Act, 1994, including links to the Migratory Birds Regulations and Migratory Bird Sanctuary Regulations. It also provides additional information, including Frequently Asked Questions.
Environment Canada administers several regulations under the Fisheries Act to control water pollution from certain activities, including wastewater management, pulp and paper processing and metal mining. This section provides links to Fisheries Act regulations administered by Environment Canada and other information, including Frequently Asked Questions.
These Regulations, accessible through the link to the Department of Justice website, set out requirements for reporting activities intended to influence the weather artificially.
This section provides general information on the Canada Wildlife Act and a link to its regulations on the Department of Justice website.
Disposal at Sea Regulations
Regulations regarding potentially harmful activities at sea include: the Disposal at Sea Regulations under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999; the Deposit Out of the Normal Course of Events Notification Regulations under the Fisheries Act; and the Disposal at Sea Permit Fee Regulations under the Financial Administration Act. Clicking on any of the links will take to the appropriate regulations on the Department of Justice website.
The link will take you to these Regulations on the Department of Justice website. More information on these Regulations is also available on the water governance and legislation section of the Environment Canada website.
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