On Monday, November 25, 2013, amendments to the Fisheries Act, Applications for
Authorization (under Paragraph 35(2) (b) of the Fisheries Act Regulations) and Information
Requirements Regulations came into force. As a result of these amendments and other changes within Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), Conservation Authorities (including Credit Valley Conservation (CVC)) no longer provide regulatory review for works under the federal Fisheries Act on behalf of DFO.
The implementation of the amended Act now brings about many changes in the way Fisheries and Oceans Canada conducts business. The focus is now on:
- Proponent self-assessment
- Streamlining regulatory reviews; and
- Greater emphasis on large-scale projects
New Fisheries Act Self-Assessment Process
With regard to the Federal Fisheries Act, effective November 25, 2013, proponents must ensure their projects meet the DFO requirements under the self-assessment process. The following links provide further information:
Does my project need a review? http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/pnw-ppe/index-eng.html
Measures to avoid harm: http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/pnw-ppe/measures-mesures/index-eng.html
Request a review or authorization: http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/pnw-ppe/reviews-revues/indexeng.html
The federal government announced its intention to amend the Fisheries Act in its Economic
Action Plan 2012. The changes are intended to streamline administrative processes while strengthening environmental and fisheries protection.
Please note that although CVC will no longer review projects under the Federal Fisheries Act, the Authority continues to deliver programs and services directed towards the protection, restoration and management of aquatic systems, including fish and fish habitat, as an integral component of watershed management and our objectives. In this regard, we will continue with providing valuable information and data with respect to aquatic systems, and their condition. As well, we will continue our restoration efforts for aquatic habitats throughout the CreditRiver watershed.
CVC is still responsible for administering Ontario Regulation160/06 under the Conservation Authorities Act for works within regulated areas and will continue to provide quality service in this regard, including review of impacts on aquatic systems and fish and fish habitat. In addition, CVC will continue to provide Plan Review services under the Planning Act and Environmental Assessment Act to our municipal partners including the provision of advice as it relates to impacts on fish and fish habitat.
For More Information please contact:
Liam Marray, Manager Planning Ecology
Tel: 905-670-1615 Ext. 239
Email: [email protected]