The federal government has undertaken a review of the Fisheries Act and has introduced proposed changes to Parliament. Fundamentally, the revisions to the Act introduced by the Liberal government re-establishes the protection of fish habitat and adds additional focus on critical eco-systems and updates both permitting requirements and fines for non-compliance. The proposed legislation also introduces requirements for dealing with First Nations reconciliation and co-management of fisheries.
Associated with the revisions to the Fisheries Act will be revisions to associated Acts to ensure consistency between the various pieces of legislation.
What could it mean for waterfront owners? Possibly another level of permitting to deal with related to waterfront issues, further permitting delays and stronger responses to outstanding legal issues.
The revised legislation will potentially affect the following.
2. Water Intakes
3. Rebuilding cabins
4. Removal of Danger Trees
5. Boat Houses
6. Shoreline Erosion Protection
7. Beach alterations
The federal government is also in the process of amending the Navigable Waters Act which will also likely have an impact on waterfront owners.