What Is An Environmental Enforcement?

The Enforcement Branch of the Canadian government is responsible for ensuring organizations respect and comply with various federal statues that deal with environmental law, including:

  • Canadian Environmental Protection Act
  • Fisheries Act;
  • Hazardous Products Act
  • Migratory Birds Convention Act,
  • Canada Wildlife Act,
  • Species at Risk Act;
  • The Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act; and
  • Canada National Park Act.

Enforcement officers are appointed under section 217(3) of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act and fall into two categories: Environmental Enforcement and Wildlife Enforcement.

Members of the RCMP, fishery officers, parks officers, customs officers and conservation officers of provincial and territorial governments may also be appointed as enforcement officers.


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