Bill Seeking Regulatory Modernization Passes First Reading in House

Bill S-6: An Act Respecting Regulatory Modernization, which already passed through the Senate, has now passed first reading in the House of Commons. The omnibus bill seeks to modernize many statutes, including several statues related to animal law regulations. If passed, the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act would be amended to simplify the process for specifying which animals and plants are listed as endangered “fauna” and “flora.” The Health of Animals Act would be amended to give additional powers to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. The Species at Risk Act would be amended to remove species deemed not a “wildlife species” or a “species at risk” by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. The Agricultural Products Marketing Act would be amended changing the administrative bodies responsible for various powers. The Coastal Fisheries Protection Act would be amended to create an offence for contravening a term or condition of a licence. See the progress of the bill here, and read the text of the bill here.