For the purposes of Controlled Alien Species Legislation, Ministry of Environment's Fish and Wildlife Branch considers an educational institution to be a registered BC College or University recognized by the Canadian Council of Animal Care (CCAC) that intentionally facilitates learning toward identified goals to the extent that the Education Institution provides predictable and organized learning opportunities.
For the purposes of Controlled Alien Species Legislation, Ministry of Environment's Fish and Wildlife Branch considers a research institution to be an institution that uses Controlled Alien Species specifically for research purposes, where the institution conducts research that meets or exceeds the standard for animal care and use as outlined in the Canadian Council on Animal Care s Guide to the Care and Use of Experimental Animals and disseminates their results in scientific journals.
All owners of Controlled Alien Species will require a permit by April 1, 2010.
November 1, 2009: Applications are available for permits to possess a Controlled Alien Species. You must have your permit in place to possess any current Controlled Alien Species by April 1, 2010.
February 1, 2010: The last date to submit your permit application to the Ministry of Environment, to ensure compliance with the regulation, and obtain your permit before the April 1, 2010 deadline.
April 1, 2010: If you are in possession of a controlled alien species without a permit, you may be subject to a penalty for violating the new restrictions.
Please read the permit application and conditions carefully for a full outline of annual requirements.