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Forestry Legislation Changes in force January 2019

The following legislative updates are a sample of the changes that have taken place in January. For a comprehensive update of legislative and regulatory changes sign up for our trial subscription.

Federal

 

Title of Act or Regulation: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Information Production Order (SOR/2018-214) 

 

In force date: January 1, 2019

Summary of changes: 

  • The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Information Production Order, is a regulatory instrument created in support of Part 2 of the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (in force June 21, 2018) which provides for a distinct carbon pricing system applicable to large industrial emitters operating in trade-exposed industries.
     

  • It establishes the GHG emissions and production information that must be quantified, reported and verified by "regulated facilities" (i.e. those required to register in the OBPS in accordance with the Registration Notice).
     

  • Specific sampling, analysis and measurement requirements for each covered industry are provided, and the requirement to produce an annual report verified by an accredited verification body is established.

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British Columbia

 

Title of Act or Regulation: Cut Control Regulation (BC Reg 578/2004)

In force date: January 1, 2019

Summary of changes:

  • The Arrow and Fort St. John Timber supply areas and corresponding percentage volume of timber harvested for each timber species specified have been repealed.  

     

 

Title of Act or Regulation: Forest Planning and Practices Regulation (BC Reg 14/2004)

In force date: January 1, 2019

Summary of changes:

  • The meaning of the words “authorized person" and “primary forest activity” has been repealed and replaced.
     

  • Section 1. 2 describing the Activities and categories of persons prescribed for forest practices has been amended to include a new paragraph which allows a permit holder to manage or use Crown land for silviculture treatments or wildlife habitat enhancement.

     

 

Title of Act or Regulation: Wildlife Act General Regulation(BC Reg 340/82)

In force date: January 2, 2019

Summary of changes:

  • Division 18 of the Regulation which describes Trafficking penalty and Increased penalties have been repealed.
     

  • A new section describing the consequences to failure of submitting reports and to which regulation the reports apply to.

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Ontario

 

Title of Act or Regulation: Hunting Regulation (O Reg 665/98)

In force date: January 1, 2019

Summary of changes:

  • The regulation has been amended to add, repeal and replace definitions.
     

  • A subsection describing the period of time that begins and ends on specific dates found within the regulation has been repealed.
     

  • A new section describing who will be deemed to be ‘residents’ according to the regulation.
     

  • Part II and III of the regulation which describes licenses used for hunting and licenses used for hunting in a party have been extensively amended.
     

  • New sections describing the use of outdoor cards when hunting.
     

  • Part X.1 which describes hunter reporting requirement for persons who are issued a tag to hunt a species of game wildlife under the regulation has been added to the regulation.

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