Joint Letters and Statements

Joint Comment - Amending the Federal Fisheries Act - May 2018
Joint letter to the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans outlining 3 important modifications to strengthen and modernize the proposed amended federal Fisheries Act.
Joint Comment - Reforming Federal Environmental Legislation - April 2018
Letter from WCS Canada and other organisations regarding the project list approach under the proposed Impact Assessment Act (Bill C-69).
Joint Comment - Reforming Federal Environmental Assessment Legislation - August 2017
Letter from WCS Canada and four organisations that have been deeply engaged in reform of federal impact assessment law and policy and have participated in numerous environmental assessments across Canada, summarizing nine key features we will be looking for in legislation that is expected to be introduced in early 2018.
Joint Comment - Ontario Wetland Conservation Strategy - November 2016
Joint letter to Minister Kathryn McGarry (Ontario Natural Resources and Forestry) regarding the draft provincial Wetland Conservation Strategy outlining nine key issues and recommendations to fulfil the Premier’s pledge “that by 2025 the loss of wetlands in our province will be reversed”.
WCS Canada Comments - Fisheries Act Update - March 2016
We request that previous habitat protections of the federal Fisheries Act, which were weakened by omnibus Bill C-38 in 2012, be reinstated immediately. We further recommend improved monitoring and enforcement, and recommend that consultations and deliberations begin in the near term on incorporating other "modern safeguards" into the Fisheries Act with a view of completing the process within a two-year time frame. In line with the Minister's mandate letter, the Fisheries Act should also include protection for recognized and affirmed Treaty and Aboriginal rights that ensures healthy fish populations and habitat to sustain these rights in perpetuity.
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