July 23, 2008

Government Takes More Action to Protect Our Environment

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 23, 2008) - Canada's Environment Minister John Baird today congratulated 42 new enforcement officers who completed basic enforcement training and are now ready to work across the country.

"With 42 more enforcement officers added to a strong team across the country, we can take aggressive action to protect the environment from those who would damage our natural heritage. These on-the-ground officers will increase the number of targeted inspections, increase compliance with environmental legislation and serve as deterrent by increasing the visibility of enforcement operations," said Minister Baird.

The officers were hired and trained as part of the Budget 2007 commitment of $22 million to increase the number of on-the-ground enforcement officers and ensure polluters, smugglers and poachers are held accountable for violations of environmental laws.

"In Budget 2008, our government went further. We provided an additional $21 million over two years to increase the effectiveness of our environmental enforcement officers with better forensics laboratory support, data collection, and analysis so that new and existing enforcement officers have the tools they need to ensure compliance by industry and individuals with our laws," added Minister Baird.

The officers graduating today will be responsible for monitoring industrial pollution and responding to environmental disasters such as oil spills. Environment Canada's enforcement personnel conduct inspections and investigate potential offences under a number of Acts and Regulations including the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999; the Species at Risk Act (SARA); the pollution provisions of Canada's Fisheries Act; the Migratory Birds Act and Regulation; and the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act (WAPPRIITA). They help ensure that companies, government employees and the general public comply with legislation and regulations that protect Canada's environment.

As host of the nine-week enforcement training program over the last four years, Algonquin College has provided qualified training services to Environment Canada's Enforcement Branch. The next session for recruits from across the country will take place in 2009.

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