Policies and Guidelines

Identification of critical habitat when habitat loss/degradation is not a significant threat to recovery or survival

This document is one of a suite of Species at Risk Act (SARA) policies developed to support predictable, clear, and consistent implementation of the Act. These policies address key areas of the SARA cycle. They are designed to provide clarity for jurisdictions, Indigenous organizations and communities, and stakeholders on the requirements of the Act and to clarify how the Government of Canada or Environment and Climate Change Canada meets its obligations under SARA.

Habitat loss and degradation in Canada is the most common driver of species imperilment for species listed under SARA. However, some SARA-listed species have been listed under SARA due to other factors such as hunting/harvest, persecution, disease, habitat loss outside of Canada and ecological context (for example, there are naturally very few populations in Canada).

The purpose of this policy is to outline the SARA competent ministers’ approach regarding the identification of critical habitat when habitat loss and degradation in Canada is not considered to be a significant threat towards attaining a recovered or survival state in Canada.

Should you have any questions, please contact Mary Jane Roberts (Director, Species at Risk Act Policy, Canadian Wildlife Service).

Consultation period: 2016-09-19 to 2017-03-31


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Mary Jane Roberts
Director, Species at Risk Act Policy
Canadian Wildlife Service
351 Saint-Joseph Boulevard
Gatineau, QC
K1A 0H3
Tel: 819-938-4298
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