Federal

Fisheries Act

The purpose of the Fisheries Act is to maintain the sustainability and productively of the commercial, recreational and Aboriginal fisheries in Canada.

NEA staff have extensive knowledge and experience working with the Fisheries Act and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) staff who implement the Act, policies and review projects.   Our fisheries biologists can guide your project through all requirements of the Fisheries Act including: aquatic impacts assessments, in-water works guidelines, permitting and approvals, DFO Self-Assessment, Request for Review, Application for Authorization, and Offsetting plans and monitoring.

Species at Risk Act (SARA)

The federal Species At Risk Act (SARA) was enacted in May 2005 and provides protection for federally-listed species. NEA has extensive experience with this act and the implications for public and private sector clients. Our expert staff has worked with Trent Severn Waterway and Environment Canada to develop solutions and monitoring plans for our clients when federally-listed endangered and threatened species are identified on their project site.

Migratory Birds Convention Act (MBCA)

The purpose of the Migratory Birds Convention Act (MBCA 1994) is to implement the Convention by protecting and conserving migratory birds, as populations and individual birds and their nests.

No work is permitted to proceed that would result in the destruction of active nests (i.e., nests with eggs or young birds), or the wounding or killing of bird species protected under the MBCA and/or Regulations under that Act.

Our staff staff can complete surveys for migratory bird nests within the appropriate timing window, as required.

Parks Canada Agency: Policies for In-water and Shoreline Works and Related Activities

The Parks Canada Agency manages environmentally and culturally important resources such as the Trent Severn Waterway and the Rideau Canal.  In order to manage these features, Parks Canada has established policies for in-water and shoreline works. These policies apply to all shoreline properties when owners initiate development projects at or below the normal operational water level.

NEA staff have extensive experience on small residential to large commercial shoreline waterway developments. Our expert staff have a working relationship with Parks Canada Agency staff and can provide: the preparation of in-water and shoreline work permit applications, permitting and approvals guidance, aquatic data collection and environmental impact assessments (Basic Impact Analysis and Detailed Impact Analysis).