On June 29, 2012, the Fisheries Act was amended. Policy and regulations are now being developed to support the new fisheries protection provisions of the Act (which are not yet in force). The existing guidance and policies continue to apply. For more information, see Changes to the Fisheries Act.
You can avoid harm to fish and fish habitat and comply with the Fisheries Act by planning your project using the guidance provided below. You will not need to come to Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) for review if you can follow the planning guidance found in an Operational Statement.
If you are having difficulty understanding the information provided or are not sure how they apply to you, please contact the responsible provincial, territorial or municipal agency, a qualified environmental professional or your local Fisheries and Oceans Canada office for further assistance. If you cannot follow the planning guidance, you will be required to contact Fisheries and Oceans Canada for a Project Review.
NOTE: The greater the risk of your project harming fish or fish habitat, then generally more information, time, and effort will be required from you to support the project review process.