Introductions and Transfers Committees - Provincial and territorial contacts

Following the National Code on Introductions and Transfers of Aquatic Organisms, each application is reviewed by Introductions and Transfers Committees established in each province and Yukon for three main risks:

During the review process, appropriate subject matter experts from Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), the province/territory, and academic research may be consulted for additional information or independent opinion during the adjudication process. Subject matter experts may include, but are not limited to, resource managers, stock assessment officers, biologists, habitat managers, and legal counsel.

Introductions and Transfers Committee
Province/Territory E-mail Phone Number
Alberta 780 427-7959
British Columbia 604-666-5519
New Brunswick 506-752-9109
Newfoundland & Labrador 709-772-6674
Northwest Territories* 204-984-3767
Nova Scotia 902 440-1634
Nunavut* 867-975-7706
Manitoba 204-945-7789
Ontario 705-755-1801
Prince Edward Island 902-566-7807
Quebec (freshwater) 418-627-8694 (# 7479)
Quebec (marine) 418-648-5885
Saskatchewan 306-933-7943
Yukon Territory 867-393-6722

*Introductions and Transfers Committees are not formally established in Nunavut or the Northwest Territories. The contacts provided will guide applicants on authorizations required to move live aquatic organisms within these territories.

British Columbia Introductions and Transfers Committee

The British Columbia Introductions and Transfers Committee (BC ITC) is a joint federal-provincial committee comprised of members from Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), the BC Ministry of Environment, and the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands & Natural Resource Operations.

DFO regulates the aquaculture industry in BC so that the introductions and transfers of fish and shellfish into and between facilities does not adversely affect the environment. The BC ITC is responsible for reviewing applications for introductions and certain transfers of live aquatic organisms into fish rearing facilities or fish bearing waters of British Columbia. The BC ITC does not review movements of amphibians, reptiles, live baitfish and live aquatic organisms for the table market, aquarium and pond trades, except where the species is prohibited under section 5 of the Pacific Fishery Regulations.

The Introductions and Transfers Committee in British Columbia is bound by existing government legislation and policies regarding movements of live fish into and within the Province of BC. Key regulations include: