Vol. 150, No. 21 — October 19, 2016
SI/2016-55 October 19, 2016
SPECIES AT RISK ACT
Order Acknowledging Receipt of the Assessments Done Pursuant to Subsection 23(1) of the Act
P.C. 2016-845 September 30, 2016
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 assessments conducted under 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.
Salamander, Spring (Gyrinophilus porphyriticus) Carolinian population
Salamandre pourpre population carolinienne
Burying Beetle, American (Nicrophorus americanus)
Salamander, Jefferson (Ambystoma jeffersonianum)
Salamandre de Jefferson
Salamander, Northern Dusky (Desmognathus fuscus) Carolinian population
Salamandre sombre du Nord population carolinienne
Gartersnake, Butler’s (Thamnophis butleri)
Couleuvre à petite tête
Clubtail, Skillet (Gomphus ventricosus)
Crawling Water Beetle, Hungerford’s (Brychius hungerfordi)
Haliplide de Hungerford
Emerald, Hine’s (Somatochlora hineana)
Cordulie de Hine
Salamander, Spring (Gyrinophilus porphyriticus) Adirondack / Appalachian population
Salamandre pourpre population des Adirondacks et des Appalaches
Baccharis, Eastern (Baccharis halimifolia)
Baccharis à feuilles d’arroche
Twayblade, Purple (Liparis liliifolia)
Liparis à feuilles de lis
Goldencrest (Lophiola aurea)
Iris, Dwarf Lake (Iris lacustris)
Thistle, Pitcher’s (Cirsium pitcheri)
Chardon de Pitcher
Lichen, Blue Felt (Degelia plumbea)
(This note is not part of the Order.)
Order to acknowledge receipt of the assessments from the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) regarding the status of 15 wildlife species under paragraph 15(1)(a) and in accordance with subsection 23(1) of the Species at Risk Act (SARA).
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.
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.
Of the 15 wildlife species COSEWIC assessments included in this Order, 2 are assessed as extirpated, 6 as endangered, 3 as threatened and 4 as special concern.
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 species at risk, 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.
Initial consultations with interested stakeholders and members of the public took place from December 2011 to February 2012 for 11 species and from January 2013 to March 2013 for 4 species. These consultations will be summarized in the Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement that will accompany the proposed Order to amend Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act.
Mary Jane Roberts
SARA Management and Regulatory Affairs
Canadian Wildlife Service
Department of the Environment
- Footnote a
S.C. 2002, c. 29