Designation of observers

(At-Sea observers and dockside monitors; Corporations and individuals)

Service standardsFootnote i:

Individual:

  • Issuance or refusal of an application for designation of an individual as an observer: DFO will assess applications for section 39 Designation as an Observer (Individual) under the Fishery (General) Regulations to determine if the application meets the prescribed requirements. DFO will issue or refuse the individual's designation as an observer within 30 business days of the receipt of the completed applicationFootnote ii.

Corporation:

  • Issuance or refusal of an application for designation of a corporation as an observer: DFO will assess applications for section 39.1 Designation as an Observer (Corporation) under the Fishery (General) Regulations to determine if the application meets the prescribed requirements. DFO will issue or refuse the corporation's designation as an observer within 60 business days of the receipt of the completed applicationFootnote iii.

Performance target:

  • The target for achieving this standard is set at 90 per cent.

Performance information:

Performance information
Standards Target 2016-17 2017-18
Issuance or refusal of an application for designation of an individual as an observer within 30 business days from the date of receipt of a completed application. 90% 97% 96.8%
Issuance or refusal of an application for designation of a corporation as an observer within 60 business days from the date of receipt of a completed application. 90% 94% 100%

Applying for observer status:

Application information for Observers can be found under section 39 and 39.1 of the Fishery (General) Regulations.

Additional information for Corporations and Individuals can be found at the At-Sea Observers and Electronic Monitoring: Corporation Designation Policy and Procedures.

If, after you have reviewed the information at the above-noted websites and you still have questions regarding how to apply to for Observer Designation, you can contact your regional Conservation and Protection Office:

Newfoundland and Labrador
Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Centre
80 East Whitehills Road
P/O Box 5667
St. John's, NL, A1C 5X1

Maritimes
Argo Building,
16 Endeavor Drive,
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 4A2

Gulf
Gulf Fisheries Centre
343 Ave Université 
Moncton, NB, E1C 9B6

Quebec
104 Rue Dalhousie
Québec City, Québec, G1K 7Y7
Central and Arctic
630 Mivvik Street
Iqualuit, NU, X0A 0H0

Pacific
200-401 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC, V6C 3S4

Service delivery feedback:

Feedback on this service standard should be directed to: DFOobservers@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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