Collaborative arrangement with Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission will lead to streamlined but equally rigorous review process for fisheries protection

Agreement provides for the preliminary review and assessment by CNSC of effects on fish and fish habitat but final authority over fish and fish habitat protection rests with Fisheries and Oceans Canada

The Government of Canada is taking action to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of regulatory reviews while maintaining a strong regime to manage threats to fish and fish habitat. The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission will consider the effects on fish and fish habitat during its review of projects it regulates to identify appropriate measures to manage those effects and will direct projects to DFO when an authorization is required.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada will establish the standard for fisheries protection and has provided the training to CNSC experts to ensure that no elements are overlooked and the commitment to protecting fish and fish habitat and species at risk is not compromised.

We have established collaborative arrangements between Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the National Energy Board and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission that will help eliminate overlap and duplication and will support effective coordination of our efforts. These arrangements will yield a number of benefits, namely:

  • Ensuring regulators focus on the greatest threats to fish and fish habitat;
  • Making the best use of available resources; and
  • More efficient approval processes.

These arrangements build on the decades of experience and expertise CNSC biologists have in assessing the potential environmental impacts of development projects which the CNSC regulates, including regarding fish and fish habitat. The CNSC will follow the policy and Operational Guidelines developed by DFO staff. And, at the end of the day, Fisheries and Oceans Canada remains responsible for fisheries protection, including the issuance of Fisheries Act authorizations.

Memorandum of Understanding

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