Vol. 151, No. 12 -- June 14, 2017

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SI/2017-30 June 14, 2017

SPECIES AT RISK ACT

Order Acknowledging Receipt of the Assessments Done Pursuant to Subsection 23(1) of the Act

P.C. 2017-561 June 2, 2017

His Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of the Environment, acknowledges receipt, on the making of this Order, of the assessments done pursuant to subsection 23(1) of the Species at Risk Act (see footnote a) by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) with respect to the species set out in the annexed schedule.

SCHEDULE

Extirpated Species

Amphibians

Salamander, Eastern Tiger (Ambystoma tigrinum) Carolinian population

Salamandre tigrée de l’Est population carolinienne

Endangered Species

Amphibians

Salamander, Eastern Tiger (Ambystoma tigrinum) Prairie population

Salamandre tigrée de l’Est population des Prairies

Salamander, Western Tiger (Ambystoma mavortium) Southern Mountain population

Salamandre tigrée de l’Ouest population des montagnes du Sud

Reptiles

Massasauga (Sistrurus catenatus) Carolinian population

Massasauga population carolinienne

Arthropods

Clubtail, Riverine (Stylurus amnicola) Great Lakes Plains population

Gomphe riverain population des plaines des Grands Lacs

Skipper, Dakota (Hesperia dacotae)

Hespérie du Dakota

Plants

Braya, Fernald’s (Braya fernaldii)

Braya de Fernald

Braya, Hairy (Braya pilosa)

Braya poilu

Draba, Yukon (Draba yukonensis)

Drave du Yukon

Gentian, Plymouth (Sabatia kennedyana)

Sabatie de Kennedy

Goldenrod, Showy (Solidago speciosa) Great Lakes Plains population

Verge d’or voyante population des plaines des Grands Lacs

Lewisia, Tweedy’s (Lewisiopsis tweedyi)

Léwisie de Tweedy

Threatened Species

Mammals

Prairie Dog, Black-tailed (Cynomys ludovicianus)

Chien de prairie

Amphibians

Frog, Rocky Mountain Tailed (Ascaphus montanus)

Grenouille-à-queue des Rocheuses

Reptiles

Massasauga (Sistrurus catenatus) Great Lakes/St. Lawrence population

Massasauga population des Grands Lacs et du Saint–Laurent

Arthropods

Tiger Beetle, Gibson’s Big Sand (Cicindela formosa gibsoni)

Cicindèle à grandes taches de Gibson

Plants

Goldenrod, Showy (Solidago speciosa) Boreal population

Verge d’or voyante population boréale

Locoweed, Hare-footed (Oxytropis lagopus)

Oxytrope patte-de-lièvre

Pepperbush, Sweet (Clethra alnifolia)

Clèthre à feuilles d’aulne

Lichens

Waterfan, Eastern (Peltigera hydrothyria)

Peltigère éventail d’eau de l’Est

Special Concern

Mammals

Badger taxus subspecies, American (Taxidea taxus taxus)

Blaireau d’Amérique de la sous-espèce taxus

Amphibians

Salamander, Wandering (Aneides vagrans)

Salamandre errante

Salamander, Western Tiger (Ambystoma mavortium) Prairie/Boreal population

Salamandre tigrée de l’Ouest population boréale et des Prairies

Reptiles

Turtle, Eastern Musk (Sternotherus odoratus)

Tortue musquée

Molluscs

Slug, Haida Gwaii (Staala gwaii)

Limace de Haida Gwaii

Arthropods

Grasshopper, Greenish-white (Hypochlora alba)

Criquet de l’armoise

Metalmark, Mormon (Apodemia mormo) Prairie population

Mormon population des Prairies

Spider, Georgia Basin Bog (Gnaphosa snohomish)

Gnaphose de Snohomish

Plants

Aster, Crooked-stem (Symphyotrichum prenanthoides)

Aster fausse-prenanthe

Aster, Nahanni (Symphyotrichum nahanniense)

Aster de la Nahanni

Pennywort, Water (Hydrocotyle umbellata)

Hydrocotyle à ombelle

Lichens

Waterfan, Western (Peltigera gowardii)

Peltigère éventail d’eau de l’Ouest

EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the Order.)

Proposal

This is an Order to acknowledge receipt of the assessments from the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) regarding the status of 32 wildlife species under paragraph 15(1)(a) and in accordance with subsection 23(1) of the Species at Risk Act (SARA).

Objective

The objective of this Order is for the Governor in Council (GIC), on the recommendation of the Minister of the Environment, to acknowledge receipt of the assessments undertaken pursuant to subsection 23(1) of the Species at Risk Act by the COSEWIC with respect to the wildlife species set out in the annexed schedule of the Order.

Background

The purpose of SARA is to prevent wildlife species from being extirpated or becoming extinct; to provide for the recovery of wildlife species that are extirpated, endangered, or threatened as a result of human activity; and to manage species of special concern to prevent them from becoming endangered or threatened. COSEWIC was formed as an independent scientific body in 1977 with a mandate to provide a single, official, scientifically sound, national classification of wildlife species at risk in Canada. The Committee provides the Minister of the Environment with assessments of the status of Canadian wildlife species.

Implications

Under subsection 27(1.1) of SARA, the GIC may, on the recommendation of the Minister of the Environment, within nine months after receiving COSEWIC’s assessment of the status of a species, review the COSEWIC assessment, accept the assessment and add the species to the List of Wildlife Species at Risk (the List) contained in Schedule 1 to SARA, decide not to add the species to the List, or refer the matter back to COSEWIC for further information or consideration. Under subsection 27(1) of SARA, the GIC may also, on the recommendation of the Minister of the Environment, reclassify or remove a listed species.

In addition, under subsection 27(2) of SARA, before making a recommendation in respect of a wildlife species or a species at risk, the Minister of the Environment must take into account the assessment of COSEWIC in respect of the species, consult the competent minister or ministers and, if a species is found in an area in respect of which a Wildlife Management Board is authorized by a land claims agreement to perform functions in respect of a wildlife species, consult the Wildlife Management Board.

Under subsection 27(3) of SARA, if the GIC has not taken a course of action under subsection 27(1.1) of SARA within nine months after receiving a COSEWIC assessment, the Minister of the Environment must, by order, amend the List in accordance with COSEWIC’s assessment. However, this nine month timeline does not apply to the assessments recommending reclassification, as these species are already on the List.

Consultation

Initial consultations with interested stakeholders and members of the public took place from November 2011 to February 2012 for one species, from December 2012 to March 2013 for another, from December 2013 to March 2014 for 13 species and from January to April 2015 for 12 species. No additional consultation took place for the species that are currently on Schedule 1 that COSEWIC has split into two wildlife species based on newly identified designatable units, and for which COSEWIC has assessed at the same risk classification as the original species at risk.

These consultations will be summarized in the Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement (RIAS) that will accompany the Order to amend Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act.

Departmental contact

Mary Jane Roberts
Director
Species at Risk Act Management and Regulatory Affairs
Canadian Wildlife Service
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Gatineau, Quebec
K1A 0H3
Telephone: 1-800-668-6767
Email: ec.LEPreglementations-SARAregulations.ec@canada.ca