Federal Laws

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Under Canada’s Constitution Act, 1867 the Government of Canada received one set of responsibilities, while the governments of the provinces were given another. Environment (or watershed management) is nowhere to be found in the division of responsibilities, and both levels of government have powers over some issues that relate to watershed planning.

The federal government is responsible for, among other things:

  • fish (which has been interpreted to include fish habitat),
  • navigation of oceans and rivers,
  • oceans,
  • matters relating to First Nations and their land, and
  • inter-provincial or international matters.

Pursuant to these powers the Federal Government has passed a range of laws that may be relevant to watershed management:

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