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Canadian Herpetological Society

Société d'herpétologie du Canada

Legal Protection for Amphibians and Reptiles

Legal protection of amphibians and reptiles varies across the provinces and territories. The following links contain information on the conservation status, regulations and acts which relate to wildlife for each province.

If people become interested in the legal element of conservation they may be more inclined to:

  • be aware of local developments and how they may affect amphibian and reptile populations
  • write letters to local, provincial and federal government to express their views and concerns

The following persons are conservation officers for the purposes of this Act (across Canada) by virtue of their office:

  1. A police officer or First Nations Constable appointed under the Police Services Act
  2. A member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  3. A game officer designated under the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994
  4. A park warden designated under the National Parks Act (Canada), if he or she is acting under the directions of a conservation officer
Province Links to Wildlife Acts and Regulations
Prince Edward Island Department of Environment, Energy and Forestry
Wildlife Conservation Act
Forest Management Act
Environmental Protection Act
Natural Areas Protection Act
Species at Risk Program
Nova Scotia Deparment of Natural Resources
Endangered Species Act
Wildlife Act
Wildlife Regulations
New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources
Endangered Species Act
Fish & Wildlife Act
Québec Department of Natural Resources
Close up on Wildlife
Laws and Regulations (French only)
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Species at Risk
Fish & Wildlife Conservation Act
Endangered Species Act
Species at Risk
Manitoba Manitoba Conservation
Wildlife and Ecosystem Protection
Species at Risk
Wildlife Act
Conservation Agreements Act
Endangered Species Act
Saskatchewan Ministry of the Environment
Wildlife Act
Wildlife Regulations
Wildlife Habitat Protection Act
Wildlife Management Zones
Alberta Sustainable Resource Development
Wildlife Act & Wildlife Regulations:
This is a full list of the Acts of Alberta: type in "Wildlife Act" or
"Wildlife Regulation"
Status reports on amphibians and reptiles
British Columbia Ministry of the Environment - Environmental Stewardship Division
Wildlife Act
Species at Risk
Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Natural Resources
Endangered Species and Biodiversity
Wildlife Legislation
Wildlife Enforcement
Yukon Department of Energy, Mines and Resources
Wildlife Act
Northwest Territories Department of the Environment and Natural Resources
Wildlife Act
Nunavut Department of the Environment