Department of the Environment Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. E-10)

Act current to 2014-06-12

Department of the Environment Act

R.S.C., 1985, c. E-10

An Act respecting the Department of the Environment

SHORT TITLE

Marginal note:Short title

 This Act may be cited as the Department of the Environment Act.

  • R.S., c. 14(2nd Supp.), s. 2.

ESTABLISHMENT OF THE DEPARTMENT

Marginal note:Department established
  •  (1) There is hereby established a department of the Government of Canada called the Department of the Environment over which the Minister of the Environment appointed by commission under the Great Seal shall preside.

  • Marginal note:Minister

    (2) The Minister holds office during pleasure and has the management and direction of the Department.

  • R.S., c. 14(2nd Supp.), s. 3;
  • 1978-79, c. 13, s. 13.
Marginal note:Deputy head

 The Governor in Council may appoint an officer called the Deputy Minister of the Environment to hold office during pleasure and to be the deputy head of the Department.

  • R.S., c. 14(2nd Supp.), s. 4.

POWERS, DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS OF THE MINISTER

Marginal note:Powers, duties and functions of Minister
  •  (1) The powers, duties and functions of the Minister extend to and include all matters over which Parliament has jurisdiction, not by law assigned to any other department, board or agency of the Government of Canada, relating to

    • (a) the preservation and enhancement of the quality of the natural environment, including water, air and soil quality;

    • (b) renewable resources, including migratory birds and other non-domestic flora and fauna;

    • (c) water;

    • (d) meteorology;

    • (e) notwithstanding paragraph 4(2)(g) of the Department of Health Act, the enforcement of any rules or regulations made by the International Joint Commission, promulgated pursuant to the treaty between the United States of America and His Majesty, King Edward VII, relating to boundary waters and questions arising between the United States and Canada, in so far as they relate to the preservation and enhancement of the quality of the natural environment; and

    • (f) the coordination of the policies and programs of the Government of Canada respecting the preservation and enhancement of the quality of the natural environment.

    • (g) and (h[Repealed, 1995, c. 11, s. 18]

  • Marginal note:Idem

    (2) The powers, duties and functions of the Minister also extend to and include such other matters, relating to the environment and over which Parliament has jurisdiction, as are by law assigned to the Minister.

  • R.S., 1985, c. E-10, s. 4;
  • 1995, c. 11, s. 18;
  • 1996, c. 8, s. 19.
Marginal note:Idem re preservation and enhancement of environmental quality

 The Minister, in exercising his powers and carrying out his duties and functions under section 4, shall

  • (a) initiate, recommend and undertake programs, and coordinate programs of the Government of Canada that are designed

    • (i) to promote the establishment or adoption of objectives or standards relating to environmental quality, or to control pollution,

    • (ii) to ensure that new federal projects, programs and activities are assessed early in the planning process for potential adverse effects on the quality of the natural environment and that a further review is carried out of those projects, programs, and activities that are found to have probable significant adverse effects, and the results thereof taken into account, and

    • (iii) to provide to Canadians environmental information in the public interest;

  • (b) promote and encourage the institution of practices and conduct leading to the better preservation and enhancement of environmental quality, and cooperate with provincial governments or agencies thereof, or any bodies, organizations or persons, in any programs having similar objects; and

  • (c) advise the heads of departments, boards and agencies of the Government of Canada on all matters pertaining to the preservation and enhancement of the quality of the natural environment.

  • R.S., c. 14(2nd Supp.), s. 6;
  • 1978-79, c. 13, s. 14.