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Canada Introduces Bill to Enhance Protections for Fish and Fish Habitat

On February 7, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced proposed amendments to the Fisheries Act and related acts to undo changes made in 2012 by the previous federal Conservative government. The proposed Bill C-68 would restore past protections for all fish and fish habitats and create enhanced protections, which would include provisions to explicitly provide for Aboriginal interests. The proposed amendments essentially reverse the changes made to the Fisheries Act in 2012, as well as create new requirements for project approvals and environmental protection. 

To read more about the proposed amendments in Bill C-68, click here.