Regulatory Partnerships

DFO has arrangements with the following federal agencies and provincial governments who conduct an initial review of projects, under their respective jurisdictions, to determine if they require advice or DFO review under the fisheries protection provisions of the Fisheries Act. You should contact the appropriate federal agency or provincial department listed below before contacting DFO.

Federal Agencies

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

The 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.

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National Energy Board

The National Energy Board (NEB) is responsible for regulatory reviews and approvals, and environmental protection related to interprovincial and international pipelines and power lines under federal jurisdiction. The NEB and DFO have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation and administration of the Fisheries Act and the Species at Risk Act related to regulating energy infrastructure in Canada. Please consult their website for more information related to the filing of National Energy Board Act Applications and specific information requirements regarding fish and fish habitat in the appropriate Electricity Filing Manual or Pipeline and Facilities Filing Manual.

Through the NEB filing and review process, you will be informed if you must submit an application for a paragraph 35(2)(b) Fisheries Act Authorization to DFO.

Provincial Governments

New Brunswick

For projects in freshwater environments, please contact the Environment and Local Government to obtain a Watercourse and Wetland Alteration Permit, if appropriate.

For projects in marine and coastal environments, please contact the New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources to construct on coastal submerged lands.

Through these provincial review processes, you will be informed if an additional review of your project by DFO is required.

Nova Scotia

For projects in freshwater environments, please contact Nova Scotia Environment to obtain a Watercourse Alteration Approval, if appropriate.

For projects in marine and coastal environments, please contact the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources to construct on coastal submerged lands.

Through these provincial review processes, you will be informed if an additional review of your project by DFO is required.

Prince Edward Island

Please contact the Department of Environment, Labour and Justice for a Watercourse, Wetland, and Buffer Zone Activity Permit, if appropriate.

Through this provincial review process, you will be informed if an additional review of your project by DFO is required.