Order Acknowledging Receipt of the Assessments Done Pursuant to Subsection 23(1) of the Act: SI/2020-61
Canada Gazette, Part II, Volume 154, Number 18
SI/2020-61 September 2, 2020
SPECIES AT RISK ACT
P.C. 2020-575 August 23, 2020
Her Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of the Environment, acknowledges receipt, on the making of this Order, of the assessments done pursuant to subsection 23(1) of the Species at Risk Act footnote a, by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) with respect to the species set out in the annexed schedule.
Order Acknowledging Receipt of the Assessments Done Pursuant to Subsection 23(1) of the Act
- Lark, Streaked Horned (Eremophila alpestris strigata)
Alouette hausse-col de la sous-espèce strigata
- Sparrow, Coastal Vesper (Pooecetes gramineus affinis)
Bruant vespéral de la sous-espèce affinis
- Woodpecker, Red-headed (Melanerpes erythrocephalus)
Pic à tête rouge
- Salamander, Allegheny Mountain Dusky
(Desmognathus ochrophaeus) Appalachian population
Salamandre sombre des montagnes population des Appalaches
- Sun Moth, False-foxglove (Pyrrhia aurantiago)
- Rockcress, Quebec (Boechera quebecensis)
Arabette du Québec
- Moss, Acuteleaf Small Limestone (Seligeria acutifolia)
Séligérie à feuilles aiguës
- Moss, Spoon-leaved (Bryoandersonia illecebra)
- Skink, Prairie (Plestiodon septentrionalis)
Scinque des Prairies
- Turtle, Eastern Painted (Chrysemys picta picta)
Tortue peinte de l’Est
- Turtle, Midland Painted (Chrysemys picta marginata)
Tortue peinte du Centre
- Leafhopper, Red-tailed (Aflexia rubranura) Great Lakes Plains population
Cicadelle à queue rouge population des plaines des Grands Lacs
- Leafhopper, Red-tailed (Aflexia rubranura) Prairie population
Cicadelle à queue rouge population des Prairies
- Wild Buckwheat, Yukon (Eriogonum flavum var. aquilinum)
Ériogone du Nord
(This note is not part of the Order.)
Order to acknowledge receipt of the assessments from the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) regarding the status of 14 wildlife species under paragraph 15(1)(a) and in accordance with subsection 23(1) of the Species at Risk Act (SARA).
The objective of this Order is for the Governor in Council (GIC), on the recommendation of the Minister of the Environment, to acknowledge receipt of the assessments undertaken pursuant to subsection 23(1) of the SARA by COSEWIC with respect to the wildlife species set out in the annexed schedule of the Order.
The purpose of SARA is to prevent wildlife species from being extirpated or becoming extinct; to provide for the recovery of wildlife species that are extirpated, endangered, or threatened as a result of human activity; and to manage species of special concern to prevent them from becoming endangered or threatened. COSEWIC was formed as an independent scientific body in 1977 with a mandate to provide a single, official, scientifically sound, national classification of wildlife species at risk in Canada. The Committee provides the Minister of the Environment with assessments of the status of Canadian wildlife species.
Under subsection 27(1.1) of SARA, the GIC may, on the recommendation of the Minister of the Environment, within nine months after receiving COSEWIC’s assessment of the status of a species, review the COSEWIC assessment, accept the assessment and add the species to the List of wildlife species at risk contained in Schedule 1 to SARA, decide not to add the species to the List, or refer the matter back to COSEWIC for further information or consideration. Under subsection 27(1) of SARA, the GIC may also, on the recommendation of the Minister of the Environment, reclassify or remove a listed species.
In addition, under subsection 27(2) of SARA, before making a recommendation in respect of a wildlife species or a species at risk, the Minister of the Environment must take into account the assessment of COSEWIC in respect of the species, consult the competent minister or ministers and, if a species is found in an area in respect of which a Wildlife Management Board is authorized by a land claims agreement to perform functions in respect of a wildlife species, consult the Wildlife Management Board.
Under subsection 27(3) of SARA, if the GIC has not taken a course of action under subsection 27(1.1) of SARA within nine months after receiving a COSEWIC assessment, the Minister of the Environment must, by order, amend the List in accordance with COSEWIC’s assessment.
Initial consultations were held with interested stakeholders and members of the public between January 2019 and May 2019 for 12 species. No additional consultations were held for the Coastal Vesper Sparrow and the Streaked Horned Lark since they have been assessed at the same risk classification and would have their name changed only.
These consultations will be summarized in the regulatory impact analysis statement (RIAS) that will accompany the proposed Order to amend Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act.
Species at Risk Act Policy and Regulatory Affairs
Canada Wildlife Service
Environment and Climate Change Canada