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Legislation - Federal
b/ Applicable Legislation/Guidelines
A list of Environmental Acts, Regulations and related documents managed by the Federal Government are provided below. Click on the highlighted titles to link to the full text of the Acts provided online by the Government of Canada.

Some of the documents may be in pdf format - you will require Acrobat Reader to open those files - it’s free, just click on the button below to download it.

Key Websites:

The Department of Justice Canada website - Laws section
All federal legislation is provided online here.

The Canada Gazette
"The Canada Gazette contains all formal public notices and official appointments; proposed regulations; regulations; and public acts of Parliament from government departments and agencies, as well as miscellaneous public notices from private sector organizations that are required by statute to publish the notices and disseminate the information to the public."

"LEGISinfo is an essential research tool for finding information on legislation currently before Parliament."

Environment Canada - Environmental Acts and Regulations website

The CEPA Environmental Registry website - provides information on the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999:
"The CEPA Environmental Registry is a comprehensive source of public information relating to activities under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999). In addition to providing up-to-date copies of current CEPA 1999 instruments, the primary objective of the Environmental Registry is to encourage and support public participation in environmental decision-making, by facilitating access to documents arising from the administration of the Act."

Environment Canada - Environmental Law Enforcement website

Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment website
"The major intergovernmental forum in Canada for discussion and joint action on environmental issues of national and international concern." Numerous relevant documents such as Codes of Practice and Canada-Wide Standards can be found here.

Environmental Acts and Regulations Administered by Environment Canada:

Other Acts/Regulations Administered by Environment Canada in Part or By Others With Environment Canada Assistance:

Acts/Regulations Administered by the Department of Natural Resources:

Acts/Regulations Administered by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans - Click Here

Acts/Regulations Administered by the Department of Health - Click Here

National Parks of Canada - Acts/Regulations - Click Here

Other Relevant Acts and Regulations:
Click Here for an Environment Canada webpage with short summaries of the environmental components of some of the Acts listed below.

Other Major Legislation (General Application): Enforcement and Compliance Policies:


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