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Amendments to the Fisheries Act

Dec 18, 2013



For Immediate Distribution

(Toronto, December 18) 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 no longer provide regulatory review for works under the federal Fisheries Act and therefore the previous partnership agreements between DFO and Conservation Authorities are no longer in effect as of November 25, 2013.

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?

 Measures to avoid harm:

 Request a review or authorization:

 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 Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) 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 for the Living City. In this regard, TRCA will continue with our Regional Monitoring Program providing valuable information and data with respect to aquatic systems, and their condition.   As well, TRCA will continue with restoration efforts for aquatic habitats throughout our watersheds and waterfront. 

TRCA is still responsible for administering Ontario Regulation166/06 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, TRCA 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.


About Toronto and Region Conservation


With more than 55 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) helps people understand, enjoy and look after the natural environment. TRCA's vision is for the Living City - a cleaner, greener and healthier place to live, for you today and for your children tomorrow. For more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit us at


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