Canada Gazette, Part I, Volume 147, Number 32: GOVERNMENT NOTICES

August 10, 2013



Notice of intent to modify the Wild Animal and Plant Trade Regulations

Notice is hereby given that the Department of the Environment intends to recommend to the Governor in Council that amendments be made to the Wild Animal and Plant Trade Regulations (WAPTR), pursuant to section 21 of the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act (WAPPRIITA).

The purpose of these amendments to the WAPTR is to update domestic regulations in order to meet international obligations. These amendments will reflect additions, deletions and reclassifications of species listings and nomenclature modifications agreed to by the signatories to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) during the 16th Conference of the Parties (COP 16). The Convention was established to help ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.

The amendments to Schedule I of WAPTR resulting from COP 16 include the deletion of 7 species from Appendix I, the deletion of 10 species from Appendix II, the transfer of 4 Appendix I species to Appendix II (decrease in trade controls), the transfer of 6 species or species groups from Appendix II to Appendix I (increase in trade controls), the addition of 46 new species or species groups to Appendix II, as well as 22 annotation updates and several nomenclature amendments. Five additions are also being made to Appendix III.

A number of other amendments to the WAPTR will be made resulting from COP 16, as well as past COPs, in order to ensure Canada’s compliance with the Convention. These include updates to the personal exemption limits for certain species, a new mechanism to allow for the import of CITES specimens collected from international waters into Canada or other countries, new mechanisms to allow for the frequent movement of CITES specimens by scientific institutions, of musical instruments and travelling exhibitions, clarification regarding personal and household effects and clarification regarding the validation of permits, among other administrative amendments.

There are over 30 000 species of animals and plants listed in the three Appendices to CITES and incorporated in Schedule I to the WAPTR. Appendix I species are considered threatened with extinction and may not be traded for commercial purposes. However, they may be traded for educational, scientific and propagation purposes under strict conditions, including prior issuance of import and export permits by both the importing and exporting countries. Animals and plants listed in Appendix II are species not considered threatened with extinction but that may become so if their trade is not regulated. Species may also be listed in Appendix II if they are similar in appearance to Appendix I and II species, to ensure the protection of the species of concern. Appendix III species are under special management in a country and are listed unilaterally by that country in order to receive assistance of other countries in preventing unauthorized exports. Only export permits are required for Appendix II and III species.

For more information on these amendments, please refer to the following address:

Director General
Canadian Wildlife Service




Notice to interested parties — Non-corrective contact lenses

Bill C-313, An Act to Amend the Food and Drugs Act (non-corrective contact lenses) received Royal Assent on December 14, 2012, and will become law in Canada upon coming into force on a date set by an order in council. This Act will amend the Food and Drugs Act to deem all non-corrective contact lenses to be devices. To operationalize these changes, amendments to the Medical Devices Regulations (the Regulations) are required. Health Canada will be developing a proposal to regulate these products as Class II medical devices. These amendments will bring Health Canada’s regulatory oversight of non-corrective contact lenses into alignment with that of corrective contact lenses by requiring that they be licensed prior to their sale, while addressing the fact that they have no therapeutic effect.

Both the amended Food and Drugs Act and the Regulations will come into force at the same time. Proposed changes to the Regulations will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part Ⅰ, and will be open to comments from the public. Comments will be considered in the development of the final Regulations. The final Regulations will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part Ⅱ, and are expected to include a delayed coming-into-force provision to allow manufacturers of non-corrective contact lenses to bring their operations into compliance with the new requirements.

Until the amendments to the Food and Drugs Act and the Medical Devices Regulations have come into force, non-corrective contact lenses will continue to be subject to the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act and will therefore not require a licence from Health Canada prior to being imported into or sold in Canada. The manufacturer will continue to be responsible for ensuring the safety of any product sold to Canadians.

For additional information or to provide comments on these proposed changes, please contact Danielle Lozon, Office of Legislative and Regulatory Modernization, Policy, Planning and International Affairs Directorate, Health Products and Food Branch, Health Canada, Holland Cross, Tower B, 5th Floor, Address Locator: 3105A, 1600 Scott Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0K9, 613-941-7104 (fax), (email).




Name and position Order in Council
Archibald, Bruce 2013-878
Canadian Food Inspection Agency  
Biguzs, Anita 2013-882
Deputy Minister of Citizenship and Immigration  
Borges, Helena 2013-880
Associate Deputy Minister of Transport  
Da Pont, George 2013-877
Deputy Minister of Health  
Ellis, Karen 2013-879
Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario  
Hall, James 2013-884
Atomic Energy of Canada Limited  
Vreeswijk, Wilma 2013-881
Associate Deputy Minister of Citizenship and Immigration  

August 1, 2013

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