Recent Updates

This page provides details of changes to guidance information related to Projects Near Water.

November 18, 2014 – Update to guidance information

Updated content was released on the DFO website primarily to refine and improve the guidance and criteria for projects requiring a DFO review and those that do not. Specific changes include:

  • Self-Assessment
    • Added additional detail to the types of waterbodies that do not require a DFO review
    • Made changes to the criteria for project activities that do not require a DFO review:
      • Bridges
      • Culverts
      • Docks
      • Boat Houses
      • Boat Launches/Ramps
      • Aquatic Vegetation Removal
      • Dredging (in the “Cottage, Boating and Recreation” category)
      • Shoreline/Bank Stabilization
      • Water Intakes (in the “Cottage, Boating and Recreation” category)
      • Groynes, Piers and Wharves (integrated with Breakwaters)
      • Aquaculture Operations
      • Dredging (in the “Harbours and Marine Commercial Activities” category)
      • Dams
      • Fishways/Ladders
      • Weirs
      • Habitat Restoration
      • Beaver Dam Removal
    • Added criteria for the following types of activities. If your project includes the specified criteria, it does not require a review by DFO.
      • Moorings: added under the category “Cottage, Boating and Recreation”.
      • Bank Stabilization: added under the broader category “Drainage, Flooding and Erosion Control, Stormwater and Wastewater Management”.
      • Water Intakes – Municipal and Industrial: added to the “Other Activities” category.
    • Removed the following types of activities:
      • Open Water Disposal: this has been combined with the “Dredging” activity.
      • Dewatering/Pumping: associated impacts can be avoided by following the measures to avoid harm and no additional self-assessment criteria are needed.
      • Blasting/Explosives: associated impacts can be avoided by following the measures to avoid harm and no additional self-assessment criteria are needed.
      • Water Extraction: these projects should be submitted to DFO for review.
    • Avoid, mitigate or offset harm to fish and fish habitat
      • A page was added to clarify the process for avoiding, mitigating or offsetting harm and where to find relevant guidance.

February, 27 2014 – Added MOU details

Background information and links to the Memorandum of Understanding between DFO and the National Energy Board, as well as the Memorandum of Understanding between DFO and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission were added to the Regulatory Partnerships page.