ENGO-DFO National Fish Habitat Coordinating Committee


The purpose of the National Fish Habitat Coordinating Committee (NFHCC) is to provide a forum at the national level for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans' (DFO) Habitat Management Program and the environmental NGO (ENGO) community to share information and perspectives as well as to facilitate progress on common priorities related to the protection of fish habitat.

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This report is a synthesis of five workshops held between 2006 and 2009 that engaged over 100 ENGOs and DFO in substantive discussions about the delivery of the Habitat Management Program. The opportunities and recommendations in the report represent significant contributions to potential policy and program improvement towards better protection of fish habitat in Canada.

Synthesis of ENGO–DFO Workshop Recommendations from 2006-2009 on the Delivery of Habitat Management Program by Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Canadian environmental non-government organizations (ENGOs) are tasked with giving a voice to Canada’s land, water, air and living species. As part of this objective, they make efforts to ensure Canada’s regulatory agencies are acting to enforce environmental regulations and to address gaps in current regulatory regimes. It is within this context that many ENGOs are interested in the mandate and responsibilities of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO).

On October 11th and 12th 2006, representatives from several Canadian ENGOs through a request to the Canadian Environmental Network (RCEN) had a seminal meeting with representatives from the Habitat Management Program (HMP) of the DFO to share information, voice concerns and foster a stronger, more open working relationship.

In closing the October 2006 meeting, Director General Richard Wex noted, “This relationship is important for us to be better aware and to better understand the perspectives that you [ENGOs] bring to the table so that we can have better informed policy decisions, and so that you [ENGOs] can better understand the nature of our program, and understand the art of the possible.”

In January 2007, the Executive Director of the RCEN and the Director General of the DFO Habitat Management Directorate signed a Terms of Reference to direct their co-operative efforts to coordinate activities that allow ENGOs belonging to the RCEN to gather input from and share information with other interested ENGOs from across Canada and report to DFO’s Habitat Management Program.

The Terms of Reference established the joint DFO-ENGO National Fish Habitat Coordinating Committee (NFHCC) to manage the initiative, and committed the parties to jointly support an annual work plan and budget approved by the Executive Director of the RCEN and the Director General of the DFO Habitat Management Directorate.

Selected ENGO Delegates:

* denotes delegate was selected in July 2011

NFHCC Terms of Reference


Annual Reports

NFHCC Meetings

Workshop Proceedings and Reports

PowerPoint Presentations

DFO Publications

Other Resources

For more information, contact Daniel Casselman, RCEN National Caucus Coordinator, tel.: (613) 728-9810 ext. 236 or visit the DFO website.

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