Introductions and Transfers Program – Licences issued under Section 56 of the Fishery (General) Regulations (FGR)

Service standardsFootnote 1

Introductions and Transfer License Application Review

  • The Introductions and Transfers Committee will confirm receipt of application 5 business days after receipt of application.
  • The Introductions and Transfers Committee will review application and inform applicant whether sufficient information has been provided 20 business days after receipt of application.
  • For low risk movements of live aquatic organisms, the Introductions and Transfers Committee will issue a licence 35 business days after receipt of complete application.
  • For other movements of live aquatic organisms, the Introductions and Transfers Committee will inform the applicant of the final decision 70 business days after receipt of complete application. (The full 70 business days may be required if the Decision-Making Authority deems it necessary to seek additional information beyond the purview of the Introductions and Transfers Committee.)

Performance target

For each category, the target for achieving the corresponding standard is set at 80 per cent.

Performance information

Performance information
Standards Target 2015-16 2016Footnote 2
The Introductions and Transfers Committee will confirm receipt of application 5 business days after receipt of application. 80% 100% 99%
The Introductions and Transfers Committee will review application and inform applicant whether sufficient information has been provided 20 business days after receipt of application. 80% 100% 100%
For low risk movements of live aquatic organisms, the Introductions and Transfers Committee will issue a licence 35 business days after receipt of complete application. 80% 98% 99%
For movements of live aquatic organisms other than low risk movements, the Introductions and Transfers Committee will inform the applicant of the final decision. (The full 70 business days may be required if the Decision-Making Authority deems it necessary to seek additional information beyond the purview of the Introductions and Transfers Committee.) 70 business days after receipt of complete application. 80% 98% 99%

Applying for Section 56 FGR authorization:

Fisheries and Oceans Canada issues licences under Section 56 of the Fishery (General) Regulations to intentionally release and transfer live aquatic organisms into fish bearing waters or fish rearing facilities in all provinces and territories except Quebec (in freshwater), Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta where provincial officials authorize those activities.

To obtain an application to move an aquatic organism and learn more about the authorization process for Section 56 FGR where applicable, as well as other federal, provincial, and territorial authorizations to move aquatic organisms, please contact the Introductions and Transfers Committee in the province or territory where the organism will reside.

Service delivery feedback

Questions regarding the application process should be directed to the National Introductions and Transfers Coordination Office: NITCO@dfo-mpo.gc.ca.

Concerns or complaints regarding the Department`s ability to achieve its service standard should be submitted to the National Introductions and Transfers Coordination Office: NITCO@dfo-mpo.gc.ca.

For more information

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

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