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Species at Risk Act

Administration of Act

Responsibility of Minister
8. (1) The Minister is responsible for the administration of this Act, except in so far as this Act gives responsibility to another minister.

Delegation
(2) The Minister, the Minister of Canadian Heritage or the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans may, after consultation with the other two ministers, 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 of that Minister's powers or functions under this Act, relating to its enforcement.

Agreement and reporting obligation
(3) The delegation must be the subject of an agreement between the delegating minister and the delegate and the agreement must provide that the delegate is to prepare an annual report for the delegating minister on the activities undertaken under the agreement. A copy of the agreement must be included in the public registry within 45 days after it is entered into, and a copy of every annual report must be included in the public registry within 45 days after it is received by the delegating minister.

National Aboriginal
Council on Species
at Risk

8.1 The Minister shall establish a Council, to be known as the National Aboriginal Council on Species at Risk, consisting of six representatives of the aboriginal peoples of Canada selected by the Minister based upon recommendations from aboriginal organizations that the Minister considers appropriate. The role of the Council is to

  • advise the Minister on the administration of this Act; and

  • provide advice and recommendations to the Canadian Endangered Species Conservation Council.
Advisory committees to assist Minister
9. (1) The Minister may, after consultation with the Minister of Canadian Heritage and the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, establish one or more committees to advise the Minister on the administration of this Act.

Advisory committees to assist Council
(2) The Minister may, after consultation with the Minister of Canadian Heritage, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Endangered Species Conservation Council, establish one or more committees to advise the Council on matters related to the Council's role.

Administrative
agreements
10. A competent minister may, after consultation with every other competent minister, enter into an agreement with any government in Canada, organization or wildlife management board with respect to the administration of any provision of this Act for which that competent minister has responsibility, including the preparation and implementation of recovery strategies, action plans and management plans.