Government of Canada Launches Public Engagement on First-Ever Aquaculture Act

Sustainable aquaculture is a cornerstone of Canada’s fish and seafood sector, playing an important role in the country’s food security and helping drive economic growth, particularly in rural, coastal, and Indigenous communities.

Information source: Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) Canada / Press release

Recently, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan,  launched the next phase of the Government’s public engagement on the first-ever Aquaculture Act. The proposed Act will provide more clarity and certainty as this industry continues to develop across Canada, while respecting federal, provincial, and territorial jurisdictions.

A discussion paper providing background on aquaculture in Canada, the rationale for the proposed legislation, and an overview of the elements proposed for the new Act, is now available online with key questions to guide feedback to the Government on this important initiative.

The public is invited to visit https://dfo-mpo.gc.ca/aquaculture/act-loi/consultations-eng.html, and will have until January 15, 2021 to participate in this round of consultation.

Quick Facts

  • The 2016 Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans report: An Ocean of Opportunities: Aquaculture in Canada called for a unified legislative framework to make the aquaculture industry in Canada more competitive. As a result, the Government of Canada committed to exploring opportunities to develop federal aquaculture legislation.
  • In 2018, the Canadian Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers (CCFAM) announced support for a federal Aquaculture Act “of limited scope that respects federal, provincial and territorial jurisdictions, and provides greater clarity to the sector.”
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada led two initial rounds of engagement in 2017-18 and in 2019. Online consultation also took place from June to December 2019 along with in-person engagement in some regions. We have now posted the “What We Heard Report” on these engagements online.

Further information: https://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/campaign-campagne/aquaculture/index-eng.html

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