Wildlife Policy

Wildlife Policy, a collaborative and co-creative approach


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The Northern Wildlife Program

The Northern Wildlife Program



The Québec Government is responsible for the conservation of wildlife and wildlife habitats, in a manner consistent with sustainable development and supported by up-to-date knowledge. It also promotes wealth creation through the development of wildlife resources.

Wildlife in Québec is composed of around 648 species of vertebrates in all the major animal groups, including mammals, birds, fish, amphibians, snakes and turtles. In addition, there are several thousand species of invertebrates found here, with the largest group made up of around 30,000 species of insects.

The wildlife sector makes an important contribution to Québec’s economy, especially in outlying regions. Almost half the population, or over three million people, pursue some kind of outdoor activity. With respect to hunting, fishing and trapping, the following figures are noteworthy:

  • 518,000 hunters
  • 704,000 fishermen
  • 7,800 trappers
  • Nearly 12,000 jobs

Wildlife protection officers have the delicate and complex role of maintaining the fragile balance between humans, wildlife and their habitats. About 360 wildlife protection officers are dispersed among more than 80 service centres across Québec.

If you observe poaching or any action that harms wildlife or habitat, report it to a wildlife conservation officer by contacting SOS Poaching.