For the purposes of the Controlled Alien Species Regulation, Ministry of Environment's Fish and Wildlife Branch considers a rescue centre to be an organization recognized by the Ministry of Environment and whose mandate is to take in unwanted Controlled Alien Species and find appropriate homes for them.
Rescue centres will be required to have permits for temporary possession, or shipping/transporting a controlled alien species after April 1, 2010. Applications for these permits will be available after November 1, 2009.
The Permit Authorization Service Bureau will begin accepting applications for permits after November 1, 2009. To ensure compliance with this Regulation, and to obtain your permit before the April 1, 2010 deadline, we suggest you submit your application before February 1, 2010.
All owners of Controlled Alien Species will require a permit by April 1, 2010.
November 1, 2009: Permit applications are available to possess a controlled alien species for personal use. You must have your permit in place 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.