Policies and Guidelines

Policy Regarding the Identification of Anthropogenic Structures as Critical Habitat

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.

Some SARA-listed species have adapted to, and become dependent, to varying degrees, upon anthropogenic (i.e. human-constructed) structures. The definition of habitat and critical habitat can, where necessary, encompass anthropogenic structures, and as such competent ministers under SARA require a consistent approach regarding identification of such structures as critical habitat in recovery planning.

The purpose of this policy is to outline the SARA competent ministers’ approach to the identification and protection of anthropogenic structures as critical habitat under SARA.

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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