Summary of the matter addressed in the submission:

The submitter alleges that the Canadian government has failed to enforce its law requiring environmental assessment of federal initiatives, policies and programs. In particular, the Canadian government failed to conduct an environmental assessment of The Atlantic Groundfish Strategy (TAGS), as required under Canadian law. By its failure to do so, it is alleged that the Canadian government has jeopardized the future of Canada’s East Coast fisheries.

Names and citations of the environmental laws in question:

1. Environmental Assessment and Review Process Guidelines Order (EARPGO)


Canadian Environmental Defence Fund

Submission Timeline

May 26, 1997

The Secretariat received a submission and began a preliminary analysis of it under the guidelines.

Acknowledgement - Communication to Submitter(s) authored by Secretariat on 29/05/1997

Submission - Submission authored by Submitter(s) on 26/05/1997

May 26, 1997

The Secretariat began reviewing the submission under Article 14(1)

August 25, 1997

The Secretariat notified the submitter(s) that the submission did not meet all of the Article 14(1) criteria and the submitter(s) had 30 days to provide the Secretariat with a revised submission that conforms with Article 14(1).

Determination - Secretariat Determination under Article 14 (1) authored by Secretariat on 25/08/1997

September 24, 1997

The thirty-day term expired without the Secretariat receiving a submission that conformed to Article 14(1). Under guideline 6.2, the process was therefore terminated.