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Wildlife policy

A collaborative and co-creative approach

Public participation (fall 2019)

Public participation involves holding workshops that will allow wildlife stakeholders and Indigenous communities to share their observations and concerns. Online participation will also allow comments to be collected from the general public.

Public participation

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Co-creation (winter 2020)

All stakeholders along with the ministries and agencies affected by the policy will work together to develop a common understanding of the problems identified and make proposals for their consideration in the policy.

Meeting with the general public (spring 2020)

This meeting will provide an opportunity to bring together all stakeholders to discuss the orientations and objectives that will have been established during the previous stages.

Following the government approval process, the policy will be published and will present the government’s commitments. The objective is to translate these commitments into concrete measures and initiatives.

Why a government wildlife policy in Québec?

The government’s wildlife policy will enable Québec to adopt a vision for the future that is directly linked to the expectations of the population, wildlife stakeholders and Indigenous communities. This vision will be clear, common and shared.

The government’s wildlife policy in Québec will aim to:

  • take a stand on wildlife conservation and development by highlighting its economic, environmental and social importance;
  • develop broad directions to address current and future challenges;
  • define common objectives for the conservation and development of wildlife resources.

Some ideas to think about

Wildlife, a heritage to be preserved

  • Biodiversity integrity
  • Habitat-wildlife connection
  • Wildlife population monitoring
  • Management scale
  • Knowledge acquisition
  • Traditional knowledge
  • Threatened or vulnerable species
  • Regulations and infractions
  • Adaptive approach
  • Climate change
  • Public education and awareness
  • Non-economic values of wildlife

Wildlife, a driving force of socio-economic development to showcase

  • Promotion of wildlife activities
  • Wildlife development
  • Appeal to the next generation
  • Offer diversification
  • Wildlife valorization through food
  • Nature and adventure tourism and activities
  • Access to the resource
  • Fairness
  • Social acceptability
  • Human-wildlife co-existence

Governance procedures

  • Transparency
  • Integrated management
  • Long-term planning
  • Management based on scientific, traditional and local knowledge
  • Effective exchange mechanisms
  • Ancestral and treaty rights of Indigenous nations and communities
  • Engagement of stakeholders
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Harmonization of uses
“This approach makes it possible to engage in dialogue with Québec society in order to establish the best ways to ensure wildlife sustainability. The policy will take into account all users of the Québec forest and the social and economic benefits to which wildlife contributes.”

– Pierre Dufour, Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks

“This policy will aim to mobilize Indigenous communities and wildlife stakeholders around a common vision and define the orientations to be implemented with respect to wildlife.”

– Line Drouin, Deputy Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks

“I am proud to be part of the development and implementation of the first government wildlife policy in Québec.”

– Madeleine Fortin, Associate Deputy Minister of Wildlife and Parks