Species Protection

CEA works with electricity companies and federal government departments to:

  • Find technically feasible and economically viable solutions to protect species at risk and their habitats
  • Promote best practices in the electricity sector
  • Continue to promote a culture of environmental stewardship within the sector
  • Ensure that key political and federal government decision makers are aware of the electricity sector’s efforts and challenges in the conservation of species and their habitats

CEA achieves this by:

  • Creating and supporting member-based technical and policy working groups and committees
  • Liaising with federal government departments directly
  • Participating in multi-stakeholder committees to inform policy discussions
  • Working with other industry associations and non-government organizations


CEA works with federal government departments to ensure environmental legislation and their associated regulations and policies provide an effective framework for reducing impacts on vulnerable species and their habitats, while also providing clarity, certainty, and predictability to the sector on compliance requirements.

SARA: Species at Risk Act

The purpose of SARA is to prevent wildlife species in Canada from disappearing, to provide for the recovery of wildlife species that no longer exist in the wild in Canada or that are endangered or threatened because of human activity, and to manage species of special concern to prevent them from becoming endangered or threatened.

Migratory Birds Convention Act

The Act provides for the protection of migratory birds through the Migratory Birds Regulations and the Migratory Birds Sanctuary Regulations. Canada seasonally hosts approximately 450 species of native birds and Environment and Climate Change Canada has responsibility to develop and implement policies and regulations to ensure the protection of migratory birds, their eggs, and their nests.

Fisheries Act

The Fisheries Act contains two key provisions on conservation and protection of fish habitat essential to sustaining freshwater and marine fish species. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans administers the key habitat protection provision whereas Environment and Climate Change Canada administers the key pollution prevention provision.