Three government departments are directly involved in protecting species at risk: Environment Canada, Parks Canada, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Fisheries and Oceans, of course, is responsible for all aquatic species, freshwater and saltwater alike.
From the beginning, it was recognized that no single government, industry or community could protect Canadian species at risk on its own. Governments and stakeholder groups across Canada must all work together. In fact, SARA was designed to encourage such cooperation.
The good news is that everyone can help in some way: by knowing the species at risk and understanding why they’re threatened, for example, or by taking steps to care for their critical habitat.
Learn more about the Species at Risk Act and what’s being done to protect Canadian wildlife at these websites: