CEC Council instructs Secretariat to cease preparation of factual record on Species at Risk submission

Montreal, 20 April 2011—On 15 April 2011, the Council of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), through Council Resolution 11–02, instructed the Secretariat to proceed no further with preparation of a factual record regarding Submission SEM-06-005 (Species at Risk).

The Submission, filed on 10 October 2006, by a consortium of Canadian organizations, asserted that Canada is failing to effectively enforce the federal Species at Risk Act (SARA) with respect to at least 197 of the 529 species identified as at risk in Canada.

On 20 December 2010, Council Resolution 10–05 instructed the Secretariat to prepare a factual record. Following review of the conditions specified in that resolution, the Submitters withdrew their submission on 17 January 2011.

For more information, please visit the CEC’s Citizen Submissions on Enforcement Matters webpage, and the registry of Submission SEM-06-005.