Environment Canada

Environment Canada

July 30, 2009 14:02 ET

Government of Canada Strengthens Environmental Enforcement Through Tougher Rules and More Officers

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 30, 2009) - The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment, today congratulated 43 new enforcement officers who have completed Environment Canada's Basic Enforcement Training and will soon be deployed across the country.

"With 43 more enforcement officers added to a strong team across the country, we can take aggressive action to protect the environment from those who would poach, plunder or pollute our natural heritage. These on-the-ground officers will increase the number of targeted inspections, improve compliance with environmental legislation and serve as deterrent by enhancing the visibility of enforcement operations," said Minister Prentice.

The officers were hired and trained as a result of commitments under Budgets 2007 and 2008, totalling $22 million over two years to increase the number of on-the-ground enforcement officers, and an additional $21 million over two years to increase the effectiveness of our environmental enforcement officers with better forensics laboratory support, data collection and analysis.

"Taken together, these measures provide new and existing enforcement officers with the tools they need to ensure compliance by industry and individuals with Canada's environmental laws," said Minister Prentice.

Environment Canada's enforcement personnel conduct inspections and investigate potential offences under a number of Acts and Regulations including the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999; the Species at Risk Act; the pollution provisions of the Fisheries Act; the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994; and the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act.

In addition to bolstering the ranks of enforcement officers, the Government of Canada's environmental enforcement strategy includes the introduction of Bill C-16 (the Environmental Enforcement Act) which received Royal Assent in June 2009. The new Bill strengthens existing environmental laws by establishing minimum fines, increasing maximum fines, and directing fines to environmental restoration projects.

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