Regulations amending the National Parks of Canada Wilderness Area Regulations (Riding Mountain National Park, La Mauricie National Park, Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site and Prince Edward Island National Park)

Description

Enabling Act: Canada National Parks Act - Sub-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 Minister may not authorize activities to be carried out in a wilderness area that are likely to impair the wilderness character of the area. Development and use that is inconsistent with the wilderness character is prohibited.

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

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

There are no expected business impacts.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic, international)

The Parks Canada Agency is responsible for the management of lands and waters under its administration. Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international) do not apply to this proposed regulatory amendment (or regulations) as all proposed activities will be undertaken on Parks Canada lands and/or waters. The Parks Canada Agency continues to seek opportunities to work with municipal, provincial/ territorial, federal and international partners; as well as incorporate best practices from other jurisdictions in the development and modernization of the Agency’s regulatory suite.

These regulations do not fall under any specific formal regulatory work plan including, but not limited to: the Canadian Free Trade Agreement Regulatory Reconciliation and Cooperation Table, the Canadian-European Union Regulatory Cooperation Forum, and the Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council.

Consultations

Public consultations about the proposed wilderness areas were held during the development of the management plans for four of the national parks between 2007 and 2016 and the development of the Lake Louise Ski Area Site Guidelines in 2015. Members of Indigenous groups and communities located in or surrounding the national parks were included in all consultations.

This is a long-term initiative; it is not expected to result in regulations being pre-published or published in their final form within the 24-month period.

For further information
Departmental or agency contact

Alison Lobsinger
Director, Policy, Legislative and Cabinet Affairs
Strategic Policy and Investment Directorate

Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory Plan

April 1, 2012


National parks of Canada wild animal regulations

Description

Enabling Act: Canada National Parks Act - Sub-section 16 (1)

Parks Canada is proposing National Parks of Canada Wild Animal Regulations to replace the current National Parks Wildlife Regulations. The National Parks of Canada 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; and
  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.
Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

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

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic, international)

The Parks Canada Agency is responsible for the management of lands and waters under its administration. Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international) do not apply to this proposed regulatory amendment (or regulations) as all proposed activities will be undertaken on Parks Canada lands and/or waters. The Parks Canada Agency continues to seek opportunities to work with municipal, provincial/ territorial, federal and international partners; as well as incorporate best practices from other jurisdictions in the development and modernization of the Agency’s regulatory suite.

These regulations do not fall under any specific formal regulatory work plan including, but not limited to: the Canadian Free Trade Agreement Regulatory Reconciliation and Cooperation Table, the Canadian-European Union Regulatory Cooperation Forum, and the Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council.

Consultations

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. The target date for pre-publication of the proposed amendments in the Canada Gazette, Part I, is Spring 2023.

Departmental or agency contact

Alison Lobsinger
Director, Policy, Legislative and Cabinet Affairs
Strategic Policy and Investment Directorate

Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory Plan

April 1, 2012


Land use planning regulations

Description

Enabling Act: Canada National Parks Act - Sub-section 16 (1)

The four major national parks regulations that govern the standards and processes for construction and renovation in national parks (National Parks Building Regulations, National Parks of Canada Cottages Regulations, National Parks Signs Regulations, and the Town of Jasper Zoning Regulations) need to be updated to reflect current construction codes and to ensure consistency with comparable processes elsewhere in Canada. The Land Use Management Regulations would consolidate provisions of the existing regulations.

The proposed regulations would provide an open and transparent planning permit process for redevelopment proposals in areas already designated for recreational and visitor services. It would provide updated compliance and enforcement tools, revised zoning standards, and clear opportunities for public input throughout the permit process, to ensure consistency with municipal and provincial/territorial approaches from across Canada.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

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

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic, international)

The Parks Canada Agency is responsible for the management of lands and waters under its administration. Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international) do not apply to this proposed regulatory amendment (or regulations) as all proposed activities will be undertaken on Parks Canada lands and/or waters. The Parks Canada Agency continues to seek opportunities to work with municipal, provincial/ territorial, federal and international partners; as well as incorporate best practices from other jurisdictions in the development and modernization of the Agency’s regulatory suite.

These regulations do not fall under any specific formal regulatory work plan including, but not limited to: the Canadian Free Trade Agreement Regulatory Reconciliation and Cooperation Table, the Canadian-European Union Regulatory Cooperation Forum, and the Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council.

Consultations

Over the summer and fall 2018, Parks Canada conducted extensive public consultations, based on a discussion paper of land use planning best practices, in order to determine key principles stakeholders wished to see reflected in new regulations. These conversations included online engagement as well as in-person meetings across a broad selection of Parks Canada places. Consultation material, as well as a What We Heard Report is available online.

In the spring of 2019, further public consultations were held in Jasper concerning the Town of Jasper Zoning Regulations and local land use issues, including how to create a more flexible zoning regime and approaches to provide affordable housing options in the park community. A What We Heard Report was published in August 2019 and is available online.

Parks Canada is taking into consideration all comments received during these public consultations in the preparation of new regulations and interpretative guidelines, which is currently underway. Further engagement, both online and in-person, is being planned for spring/summer 2021 to allow stakeholders to review these drafts and provide input. The target date for pre-publication of the proposed amendments in the Canada Gazette, Part I, is Fall 2021, for a 60 day comment period.

For further information

National planning permit process — About the consultations

Departmental or agency contact

Alison Lobsinger
Director, Policy, Legislative and Cabinet Affairs
Strategic Policy and Investment Directorate

Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory Plan

April 1, 2012


Regulations amending the National Parks of Canada Fishing Regulations

Description

Enabling Act: Canada National Parks Act - Sub-section 16 (1)

Amendments to the regulations are required periodically to reflect changes in the aquatic ecosystem and conservation strategies to maintain sustainable populations of fish species in national parks. Amendments are also required to update technical terms and reflect the establishment of new national parks and obligations in new park establishment agreements.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

There are no expected business impacts.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic, international)

The Parks Canada Agency is responsible for the management of lands and waters under its administration. Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international) do not apply to this proposed regulatory amendment (or regulations) as all proposed activities will be undertaken on Parks Canada lands and/or waters. The Parks Canada Agency continues to seek opportunities to work with municipal, provincial/ territorial, federal and international partners; as well as incorporate best practices from other jurisdictions in the development and modernization of the Agency’s regulatory suite.

These regulations do not fall under any specific formal regulatory work plan including, but not limited to: the Canadian Free Trade Agreement Regulatory Reconciliation and Cooperation Table, the Canadian-European Union Regulatory Cooperation Forum, and the Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council.

Consultations

Parks Canada will be seeking input from interested Canadians on the proposed regulations. Consultations will include communications with key stakeholders and opportunities for the public to comment on-line through a Parks Canada consultation website. The target date for pre-publication of the proposed amendments in the Canada Gazette, Part I, is Winter 2023, for a 60- day comment period.

Departmental or agency contact

Alison Lobsinger
Director, Policy, Legislative and Cabinet Affairs
Strategic Policy and Investment Directorate

Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory Plan

October 1, 2013


National marine conservation areas general regulations

Description

Enabling Act: Canada National Marine Conservation Areas Act, 2002

New general regulations for marine conservation areas under the Canada National Marine Conservations Areas Act would provide clear requirements and expectations for the management of marine conservation areas, including regulations to permit and manage the use and occupancy of land; to manage businesses and special events; to allow for temporary area closures for reasons of conservation or public safety; to implement the national zoning framework; to protect natural and cultural resources; to undertake scientific research; and to manage non-indigenous resource harvesting.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

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

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic, international)

The Parks Canada Agency is responsible for the management and control of national marine conservation areas in relation to matters not assigned by law to another Minister of the Crown. Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international) do not apply to this proposed regulation as all proposed activities will be undertaken on Parks Canada lands and/or waters.

The Parks Canada Agency continues to seek opportunities to work with municipal, provincial/ territorial, Indigenous, federal and international partners; as well as incorporate best practices from other jurisdictions in the development of these regulations. These regulations do not fall under any specific formal regulatory work plan including, but not limited to: the Canadian Free Trade Agreement Regulatory Reconciliation and Cooperation Table, the Canadian-European Union Regulatory Cooperation Forum, and the Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council.

Consultations

Parks Canada will seek input from provinces/territories, federal partners, Indigenous governments and organizations, key stakeholders and interested Canadians on the regulatory proposals. The target date for pre-publication of the proposed amendments in the Canada Gazette, Part I, for a 60 day comment period is 2023.

Departmental or agency contact

Alison Lobsinger
Director, Policy, Legislative and Cabinet Affairs
Strategic Policy and Investment Directorate

Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory Plan

April 1, 2017


Ministerial Orders to protect critical habitat on lands under Parks Canada Agency's management not described in the Canada National Parks Act

Description

Enabling Act: Species at Risk Act, 2002 (SARA)

Critical habitat is the habitat necessary for the survival or recovery of a listed endangered, threatened or extirpated species on Schedule 1 of SARA. SARA requires that the critical habitat of all listed species, when found on federal lands, be legally protected against destruction within 180 days after it is identified in a finalized SARA recovery strategy or action plan. From time to time, Parks Canada will make Ministerial Orders to protect critical habitat on lands that are under the Agency's authority, but that are not described under the Canada National Parks Act.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

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

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic, international)

The Parks Canada Agency, Environment and Climate Change Canada and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans are responsible for the protection of critical habitat of threatened or endangered species under the Species at Risk Act. Regulatory cooperation with domestic (municipal, provincial/ territorial, federal) partners are sought on a case-by-case basis in accordance with obligations under the Act.

These regulations do not fall under any specific formal regulatory work plan including, but not limited to: the Canadian Free Trade Agreement Regulatory Reconciliation and Cooperation Table, the Canadian-European Union Regulatory Cooperation Forum, and the Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council.

Consultations

The recovery documents that identify critical habitat are prepared in cooperation with affected decision makers (e.g., other departments, provincial, territorial and First Nation governments) and in consultation with landowners and other directly affected persons (e.g., municipal governments, lease holders).

Parks Canada will consult with Indigenous groups and key stakeholders in the development of Ministerial Orders before and after publication in the Canada Gazette, Part I. These consultations are anticipated to occur during the 2020-2022 time period. The nature and extent of consultations will depend upon the cultural significance of the species and the potential economic impact the designation and protection of critical habitat could have upon activities in national parks.

The proposed Ministerial Orders will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part I. The requirements for putting forward a Ministerial Order for protecting critical habitat are set out in the enabling legislation.

As the files are ongoing, target dates for publication follow legislative requirements following the identification of critical habitat.

For further information

Species at risk public registry

Departmental or agency contact

Alison Lobsinger
Director, Policy, Legislative and Cabinet Affairs
Strategic Policy and Investment Directorate

Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory Plan

April 1, 2014


Miscellaneous amendment regulations to address concerns of the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations

Description

Enabling Act: Various

On an ongoing basis, the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations reviews Parks Canada regulations for errors, omissions, discrepancies, and Official Language concordance. Issues identified by the Committee are brought to the attention of the Parks Canada Agency and amendments to the regulations will be made, as deemed necessary, to address the recommendations of the Committee.

The purpose of the Miscellaneous Amendment Regulations to Address Concerns of the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations is to make clarifications and corrections to provisions within existing regulations and to make the links between sections of various regulations more apparent. They are also intended to clarify and facilitate the interpretation of Parks Canada regulations in order to ensure sound management of protected heritage places.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

There are no expected business impacts.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic, international)

The Parks Canada Agency is responsible for the management of lands and waters under its administration. Regulatory cooperation with domestic (municipal, provincial/ territorial, federal) partners are sought on a case-by-case basis with respect to recommendations on Parks Canada Agency regulations from the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations.

These regulations do not fall under any specific formal regulatory work plan including, but not limited to: the Canadian Free Trade Agreement Regulatory Reconciliation and Cooperation Table, the Canadian-European Union Regulatory Cooperation Forum, and the Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council.

Consultations

These amendments to the regulations would not be controversial and are generally “housekeeping” in nature, addressing items identified by the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations. No public consultation on the proposals under the Miscellaneous Amendment Regulations to Address Concerns of the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations are required.

The proposed amendments will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part II. As the Committee’s work is ongoing, target dates for publication are to be determined.

For further information

Information on the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations

Departmental or agency contact

Alison Lobsinger
Director, Policy, Legislative and Cabinet Affairs
Strategic Policy and Investment Directorate

Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory Plan

April 1, 2012