Assented to 2003-10-20
An Act respecting the protection of the Antarctic Environment
WHEREAS Canada is a party to the Antarctic Treaty, to the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Seals and to the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources;
WHEREAS the Antarctic is a natural reserve, devoted to peace and science;
AND WHEREAS the Government of Canada is committed to the comprehensive protection of the Antarctic environment and dependent and associated ecosystems;
NOW, THEREFORE, Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:
Marginal note:Short title
(a) the continent of Antarctica, including its iceshelves;
(b) all islands south of 60o south latitude, including their iceshelves;
(c) all areas of the continental shelf that are adjacent to that continent or to those islands and that are south of 60o south latitude; and
(d) all sea and airspace south of 60o south latitude. (Antarctique)
authorized representative has the same meaning as in section 2 of the Canada Shipping Act, 2001. (représentant autorisé)
Canadian aircraft has the same meaning as in subsection 3(1) of the Aeronautics Act. (aéronef canadien)
Canadian expedition means a journey undertaken by a person or persons
Canadian vessel has the same meaning as in section 2 of the Canada Shipping Act, 2001. (bâtiment canadien)
Chief Review Officer
Chief Review Officer means the review officer appointed as Chief Review Officer under subsection 244(1) of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 and includes any review officer designated under subsection 244(3) of that Act to perform the functions of the Chief Review Officer. (réviseur-chef)
moyen de transport
conveyance includes any vehicle, vessel or aircraft. (moyen de transport)
master includes every person who has command or charge of a vessel but does not include a pilot. (capitaine)
Minister means the member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada who is designated by the Governor in Council as the Minister for the purpose of this Act. (ministre)
permit means a permit issued under section 21. (permis)
place includes any platform anchored at sea, shipping container or conveyance. (lieu)
Protocol means the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty, signed at Madrid on October 4, 1991, as amended from time to time, to the extent that the amendments are binding on Canada. (Protocole)
registered owner has the same meaning as in subsection 3(1) of the Aeronautics Act. (propriétaire enregistré)
Treaty means the Antarctic Treaty, signed at Washington on December 1, 1959, as amended from time to time, to the extent that the amendments are binding on Canada. (Traité)
vessel means a boat, ship or craft designed, used or capable of being used solely or partly for navigation in, on, through or immediately above water, without regard to the method or lack of propulsion, but does not include a fixed platform. (bâtiment)
Marginal note:Same meaning
(2) Unless a contrary intention appears, words and expressions used in this Act have the same meaning as in the Treaty or the Protocol.
Another Party to the Protocol
(3) A reference in this Act to another Party to the Protocol is a reference to a Party other than Canada.
- 2003, c. 20, s. 2;
- 2009, c. 14, s. 2.
Marginal note:Purpose of the Act
3 The purpose of this Act is to protect the Antarctic environment, particularly by implementing the Protocol.
Marginal note:Her Majesty
4 This Act is binding on Her Majesty in right of Canada and of a province.
Marginal note:Non-application to Canadian Forces
5 This Act does not apply to a member of the Canadian Forces acting in that capacity or in respect of a vessel, facility or aircraft of the Canadian Forces or a foreign military force or in respect of any other vessel, facility or aircraft that is under the command, control or direction of the Canadian Forces.
6 [Repealed, 2012, c. 19, s. 60]
Marginal note:Canadian expeditions
(2) Subsection (1) does not apply to a person who is
Marginal note:Canadian stations
8 No person shall be in a Canadian station in the Antarctic except in accordance with a permit.
Marginal note:Canadian vessels
(2) Subsection (1) does not apply to a Canadian vessel that is
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