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Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act (S.C. 1992, c. 52)

Act current to 2020-09-09 and last amended on 2017-07-12. Previous Versions

Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act

S.C. 1992, c. 52

Assented to 1992-12-17

An Act respecting the protection of certain species of wild animals and plants and the regulation of international and interprovincial trade in those species

Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:

Short Title

Marginal note:Short title

 This Act may be cited as the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act.

Interpretation

Marginal note:Definitions

 In this Act,

animal

animal means any specimen, whether living or dead, of any species of animal that is listed as “fauna” in an appendix to the Convention, and includes any egg, sperm, tissue culture or embryo of any such animal; (animal)

Convention

Convention means the Convention on international trade in endangered species of wild fauna and flora, made on March 3, 1973 in Washington, D.C., United States and ratified by Canada on April 10, 1975, as amended from time to time, to the extent that the amendment is binding on Canada; (Convention)

conveyance

conveyance means any vehicle, aircraft or water-borne craft or any other contrivance that is used to move persons or goods; (moyen de transport)

distribute

distribute includes sell; (distribuer)

Minister

Minister means the Minister of the Environment; (ministre)

officer

officer means a person, or a person who belongs to a class of persons, designated pursuant to section 12; (agent)

plant

plant means any specimen, whether living or dead, of any species of plant that is listed as “flora” in an appendix to the Convention, and includes any seed, spore, pollen or tissue culture of any such plant; (végétal)

prescribed

prescribed means prescribed by regulation; (Version anglaise seulement)

transport

transport includes send. (acheminer)

Binding on Her Majesty

Marginal note:Binding on Her Majesty

 This Act is binding on Her Majesty in right of Canada or a province.

Purpose

Marginal note:Purpose

 The purpose of this Act is to protect certain species of animals and plants, particularly by implementing the Convention and regulating international and interprovincial trade in animals and plants.

Agreements

Marginal note:Federal-provincial agreements

 The Minister may enter into an agreement with the government of any province to provide for the cooperative management and administration of this Act and to avoid conflict between, and duplication in, federal and provincial regulatory activity.

Prohibitions

Marginal note:Importation

  •  (1) No person shall import into Canada any animal or plant that was taken, or any animal or plant, or any part or derivative of an animal or plant, that was possessed, distributed or transported in contravention of any law of any foreign state.

  • Marginal note:Importation and exportation

    (2) Subject to the regulations, no person shall, except under and in accordance with a permit issued pursuant to subsection 10(1), import into Canada or export from Canada any animal or plant, or any part or derivative of an animal or plant.

  • Marginal note:Interprovincial transport

    (3) Subject to the regulations, no person shall, except under and in accordance with a permit issued pursuant to subsection 10(1), transport from one province to another province any animal or plant, or any part or derivative of an animal or plant.

Marginal note:Transport requiring provincial authorization

  •  (1) Where the transportation out of a province of an animal or plant, or any part or derivative of an animal or plant, is permitted by the province only if the person who transports it holds a permit issued by a competent authority in that province, no person shall, except under and in accordance with such a permit, transport any animal, plant or part or derivative of an animal or plant from that province to another province.

  • Marginal note:Provincial prohibitions

    (2) No person shall transport from a province to another province any animal or plant, or any part or derivative of an animal or plant, where the animal or plant was taken, or the animal, plant, part or derivative was possessed, distributed or transported, in contravention of any provincial Act or regulation.

Marginal note:Possession

 Subject to the regulations, no person shall knowingly possess an animal or plant, or any part or derivative of an animal or plant,

  • (a) that has been imported or transported in contravention of this Act;

  • (b) for the purpose of transporting it from one province to another province in contravention of this Act or exporting it from Canada in contravention of this Act; or

  • (c) for the purpose of distributing or offering to distribute it if the animal or plant, or the animal or plant from which the part or derivative comes, is listed in Appendix I to the Convention.

Marginal note:Documents

 Every person who imports into Canada, exports from Canada or transports from one province to another province an animal or plant, or any part or derivative of an animal or plant, shall keep in Canada, in the prescribed manner and for the prescribed period, any documents that are required to be kept by the regulations.

Federal Permits

Marginal note:Issuance

  •  (1) The Minister may, on application and on such terms and conditions as the Minister thinks fit, issue a permit authorizing the importation, exportation or interprovincial transportation of an animal or plant, or any part or derivative of an animal or plant.

  • Marginal note:Application for permit

    (2) An application shall be made in the form and on the terms and conditions that the Minister requires, contain all the information that the Minister requires and be accompanied by the prescribed fees.

  • Marginal note:Revocation or suspension

    (3) The Minister may, after giving a person who holds a permit an opportunity to make representations, revoke or suspend the permit for contravention of any term or condition of the permit.

  • Marginal note:Delegation by Minister

    (4) The Minister may delegate to any minister of the Crown in right of Canada or of a province or to any person who is employed by the Government of Canada, the government of a province or any other government in Canada any power conferred on the Minister under this section relating to permits. The minister or other person to whom the power is delegated may then exercise the power subject to any terms and conditions that the Minister specifies.

  • 1992, c. 52, s. 10
  • 2002, c. 29, s. 139

Marginal note:Misrepresentation

 No person shall knowingly furnish any false or misleading information or make any misrepresentation with respect to any matter in this Act.

Administration

Marginal note:Officers and analysts

  •  (1) The Minister may designate such persons or classes of persons as the Minister considers necessary to act as officers or analysts for the purposes of this Act or any provision of this Act, and if the person to be designated is an employee, or the class of persons to be designated consists of employees, of the government of a province, the Minister shall only designate that person or class with the agreement of that government.

  • Marginal note:Powers of peace officers

    (2) Officers designated under subsection (1) have, for the purposes of this Act, all the powers of a peace officer, but the Minister may limit, in any manner the Minister considers appropriate, the powers that certain officers may exercise for the purposes of this Act and, where those powers are so limited, they shall be specified in the certificate referred to in subsection (3).

  • Marginal note:Certificate to be shown

    (3) On entering any place under this Act, an officer or analyst shall, on request, show the person in charge or the occupant of the place a certificate, in the form approved by the Minister, certifying that the officer or analyst, as the case may be, has been designated under this section.

  • Marginal note:Obstruction

    (4) No person shall knowingly make any false or misleading statement either orally or in writing to, or obstruct or hinder, an officer or analyst who is carrying out duties or functions under this Act or the regulations.

  • Marginal note:Immunity

    (5) Officers and analysts are not personally liable for anything they do or omit to do in good faith under this Act.

  • 1992, c. 52, s. 12
  • 2009, c. 14, s. 116

Marginal note:Documents admissible in evidence

  •  (1) A document made, given or issued under this Act and appearing to be signed by an analyst is admissible in evidence and, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, is proof of the statements contained in the document without proof of the signature or official character of the person appearing to have signed the document.

  • Marginal note:Attendance of analyst

    (2) The party against whom the document is produced may, with leave of the court, require the attendance of the analyst who signed it.

  • Marginal note:Notice

    (3) No document referred to in subsection (1) may be received in evidence unless the party intending to produce it has given to the party against whom it is intended to be produced reasonable notice of that intention together with a copy of the document.

  • 2009, c. 14, s. 116.1
 
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