Government of Canada statement on five reports tabled by the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development

OTTAWA (ON), October 4, 2022 /CNW/ – Today, as the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development tabled five new reports, the Honorable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honorable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources, and the Honorable Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, issued the following statement.

“The Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development plays an important role in raising awareness so that the government can deliver the best possible environmental results. We thank the Commissioner for his work and the recommendations included in these latest reports. Our respective ministries are taking action to address them.

“To begin with, we acknowledge his favorable review of from Canada world leader in radioactive waste management.

“On aquatic species, we are fortunate to Canada have a strong legal and regulatory framework for species at risk that provides protection for all aquatic species. Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada will continue to protect aquatic species and their habitats using all the tools at their disposal, including Species at Risk Act and the Fisheries Act.

“In responding to the Commissioner’s findings, we will ensure that all components of the next Federal Sustainable Development Strategy related to species at risk are measured and that key measures for the protection and conservation of species at risk are reported.

“Through the Nature Legacy initiative, the government has also made historic investments of $155 million and $173 million over five years (in the 2018 and 2021 budgets, respectively) to implement Species at Risk Act obligations to aquatic species and advance stewardship actions to protect aquatic species at risk. These investments move from single-species to multi-species, location-based and threat-based approaches to recovery and protection. We are also further protecting aquatic species through strong action under the Fisheries Act; in some cases, commercial fisheries are closed or recreational activities are restricted to protect aquatic species.

“With respect to greening government, we are committed to achieving our sustainable development priorities, as set out in the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy, and we will continue to work collaboratively with more than 100 departments and agencies to to arrive at.

“Finally, on biodiversity, our commitment to halting and reversing biodiversity loss includes our actions both at home and on the global stage. Canada became the host country of the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, and December 7 to 19 in Montreal, we will welcome the world to discuss and put in place measures to safeguard the well-being of the planet.

“We look forward to working with Canadians, experts and partners to protect our most vulnerable species and create a truly sustainable environment to provide a better future for all.”

SOURCE Environment and Climate Change Canada

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