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About the Department


The vision of the Department of Environment and Climate Change is a clean, sustainable environment and healthy, resilient ecosystems in perpetuity for the social, physical, cultural, biological and economic well-being of the province.

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By March 31, 2017, the Department of Environment and Climate Change will have reduced the adverse impacts of human activities on the environment to safeguard and improve the health of our ecosystems.

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The mandate of the Department of Environment and Climate Change is derived from the Department of Environment and Climate Change Notice, 2008 under the Executive Council Act on matters related to:

  1. the protection, enhancement and conservation of the quality of the natural environment, including water, air and soil quality;
  2. environmental assessment;
  3. the conservation, development, control, improvement and proper utilization of the water resources of the province;
  4. the management, preservation, control, protection and development of provincial parks, as defined in the Provincial Parks Act; provincial interests in all national parks established in the province by the Government of Canada; and wilderness and ecological reserves as defined in the Wilderness and Ecological Reserves Act;
  5. the management and control of measures for the protection, preservation and propagation of wildlife;
  6. the assessment, development and establishment of sustainability indicators for the sustainable development of natural resources of the province; and
  7. the management, protection and preservation of endangered species as defined in the Endangered Species Act.

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Lines of Business:

The Department of Environment and Climate Change is engaged in the following lines of business:

  1. provincial parks, ecological and wilderness reserves, natural areas, and Canadian Heritage Rivers;
  2. protection and management of wildlife;
  3. coordination of environmental assessments;
  4. prevention of air, soil and water pollution;
  5. management of water resources, water quality, and availability;
  6. climate change adaptation and mitigation;

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