Parks Canada Agency's Forward Regulatory Plan April 1, 2012 – March 31, 2014

Forward Regulatory Plan: 2012–14

This plan provides information on regulatory proposals that the Parks Canada Agency expects to bring forward over the next two years. It also identifies public consultation opportunities and a departmental contact point for each regulatory initiative.

Proposed Regulatory Initiatives:

For more information:

To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit the Canada Gazette and Consulting with Canadians websites.

Regulations Amending the National Parks of Canada Wilderness Area Declaration Regulations

Description of the objective

Enabling Act: Canada National Parks Act - Section 14 (1)

Under the Act, any area of a national park or a national park reserve that exists in a natural state or that is capable of returning to a natural state may by regulation, be declared to be a wilderness area. The declaration of wilderness areas by regulation allows Parks Canada to preserve the ecological integrity of the areas by prohibiting activities that are likely to impair their wilderness character. Development and use that is inconsistent with the wilderness character is prohibited.

The proposed Regulations would add new wilderness areas in the following four national parks: Riding Mountain National Park (Manitoba), La Mauricie National Park (Quebec), Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site (Nova Scotia) and Prince Edward Island National Park (Prince Edward Island).

Indication of business Impacts

There are no expected business impacts.

Public consultation opportunities

Public consultations about the proposed wilderness areas were held during the development of the management plans for the four national parks. Members of Aboriginal groups and communities located in or surrounding the national parks were included in all consultations.

There will be further opportunity for consultation on the proposed Regulations after publication in the Canada Gazette Part I, expected in fall 2013.

Departmental contact

Julie Lacasse
Senior Advisor, Policy, Legislative and Cabinet Affairs
Strategy and Plans Directorate
Telephone: (819) 994-5138
Julie.Lacasse@pc.gc.ca

Regulations Amending the Historic Canals Regulations

Description of the objective

Enabling Act: Department of Transport Act

The amendments to the Historic Canals Regulations (HCR) will address concerns raised by the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations. The Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations identified a number of provisions in the HCR that were obsolete or redundant, lacked precision, or contained discrepancies between the English and French versions. It also called attention to the need to provide an administrative appeal mechanism under certain circumstances, and raised concerns about the scope of the enabling authorities for some provisions.

Indication of business Impacts

There are no expected business impacts.

Public consultation opportunities

The amendments are uncontroversial, and address concerns raised by the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations. No public consultation on the regulatory proposal is required. It is expected that the regulation will be exempted from publication in the Canada Gazette Part I.

Departmental contact

Martha Dulmage
Senior Advisor, Policy, Legislative and Cabinet Affairs
Strategy and Plans Directorate
Tel: (819)997-5964
Martha.Dulmage@pc.gc.ca

Regulations Amending the Marine Activities in the Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park Regulations

Description of the objective

Enabling Act: Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park Act - Section 17.

The Marine Activities in the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park Regulations which came into force in 2002 was the first regulation in Canada to ensure the protection of marine mammals with respect to commercial observation of marine mammals. Since then, changes to the codes of conduct for whale watching, the increase in marine traffic and the introduction of new types of activities to the marine park have made it necessary to change certain provisions in the Regulations in order to better protect marine mammals. These changes include:

  1. A new permitting system for different classes of marine activities;
  2. Harmonization of the Regulations with international standards regarding marine mammal observation;
  3. New safety requirements for tour boat operators.

The Regulations also respond to a request from the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations to amend the sections related to compliance with permitting conditions and the authority of park wardens.

Indication of business Impacts

There are no expected business impacts.

Public consultation opportunities

Broad public consultations about the proposed amendments have been held since 2007. During 2007 and 2008, around 230 representatives from different Aboriginal communities, regional municipalities and regional organizations participated in public consultation sessions about the proposed amendments during the development of the marine park management plan. In 2009, 32 meetings were held with various stakeholders engaged in marine activities including kayak, scuba diving and tour boat companies.

There will be further opportunity for consultation on the proposed amendments after publication in the Canada Gazette Part I, on April 6, 2013.

Departmental contact

Fouad Sadiki
Senior Advisor, Policy, Legislative and Cabinet Affairs
Strategy and Plans Directorate
Telephone: (819) 994-2696
Fouad.Sadiki@pc.gc.ca

Miscellaneous Amendment Regulations to Address Concerns of the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations

Description of the objectives

Enabling Act: Canada National Parks Act - Section 16

Amendments will address concerns raised by the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations regarding the National Historic Parks General Regulations and the National Parks of Canada Fishing Regulations

Indication of business Impacts

There are no expected business impacts.

Public consultation opportunities

The amendments are uncontroversial, and address concerns raised by the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations. No public consultation on the regulatory proposal is required.

Work on the amendments to commence in 2013

Departmental contact

Martha Johnson
Manager, Policy, Legislative and Cabinet Affairs
Strategy and Plans Directorate
Telephone: (819) 994-5535
Martha.Johnson@pc.gc.ca

National Parks of Canada Wild Animal Regulations

Description of the objective

Enabling Act: Canada National Parks Act - Section 16

The current National Parks Wildlife Regulations were developed in 1981 before the establishment of most national parks in northern Canada, and do not take into account economic commitments made under land claim agreements or increased visitation to northern parks where the risk of polar bear encounters is high.
The proposed amendments to the regulations would:

  1. Enhance protection of all wild animals and their dwelling places;
  2. Respect obligations under various land claim agreements, impact and benefit agreements or park establishment agreements;
  3. Enhance visitor safety in national parks where polar bears are present by establishing certain categories of park users authorized to carry and use firearms for self-protection and the protection of others from bears.

Indication of business Impacts

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Public consultation opportunities

During 2011, extensive consultations were held with key stakeholders across Canada and communities in Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, the Yukon, Labrador and northern Manitoba. The public was also invited to provide on-line comments through a Parks Canada consultation website.

There will be further opportunity for consultation on the proposed amendments after publication in the Canada Gazette Part I, expected for winter 2014.

Departmental contact

Martha Johnson
Manager, Policy, Legislative and Cabinet Affairs
Strategy and Plans Directorate
Telephone: (819) 994-5535
Martha.Johnson@pc.gc.ca

National Parks of Canada Development Regulations

Description of the objective

Enabling Act: Canada National Parks Act - Section 16

The four major national parks regulations that govern the standards and processes for construction in national parks need revision to update them to current national building standards and to ensure consistency with comparable processes elsewhere in Canada. The National Parks of Canada Development Regulations will consolidate provisions of the National Parks Building Regulations, National Parks Cottages Regulations and National Parks Signs Regulations as well as repeal the Town of Jasper Zoning Regulations.

The proposed Regulations would improve the review process for construction proposals in national parks and incorporate updated national safety standards.

Indication of business Impacts

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Public consultation opportunities

Parks Canada will be seeking input from interested Canadians on the proposed Regulations during 2013. The consultation program will include communications with key stakeholders, opportunities to comment on-line and meetings in park communities.

Departmental contact

Fouad Sadiki
Senior Advisor, Policy, Legislative and Cabinet Affairs
Strategy and Plans Directorate
Telephone: (819) 994-2696
Fouad.Sadiki@pc.gc.ca

National Marine Conservation Areas of Canada Business Regulations

Description of the objective

Enabling Act: Canada National Marine Conservation Areas Act - Section 16

In 2002 Parliament passed the Canada National Marine Conservation Areas Act to establish marine conservation areas for the purpose of protecting and conserving representative marine areas for the benefit, education and enjoyment of the people of Canada and the world.

The proposed Regulations will provide a prescriptive framework for commercial activities, the regulation of which falls under the authority of the Parks Canada Agency. They will apply to marine conservation areas as well as to marine conservation area reserves.

The activities to be defined in the Regulations will include any trade, industry, occupational activity or special event carried out in a marine conservation area, whether ongoing or temporary and whether for- profit or not.

Commercial activities will be subject to a system for issuing, amending and revoking permits or other authorizing instruments which the superintendent of a marine conservation area is empowered to administer under the Act.

Indication of business Impacts

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Public consultation opportunities

Information on consultation opportunities will be available in winter 2014.

Departmental contact

Fouad Sadiki
Senior Advisor, Policy, Legislative and Cabinet Affairs
Strategy and Plans Directorate
Telephone: (819) 994-2696
Fouad.Sadiki@pc.gc.ca