Wildlife policy

Why a government policy on wildlife in Québec?

Wildlife is one of the cornerstones of Québec society because of its social, economic and environmental value. To maintain and develop this collective natural heritage, major actions involving many stakeholders in society will be necessary. An innovative and bold approach will be required to address current and future challenges.

That is the purpose of the wildlife government policy. It will provide Québec with a vision that will allow us to work together towards achieving ambitious goals over ten years for the benefit of wildlife and habitat conservation as well as for Québec’s population and Indigenous peoples, for now and for future generations.

Participatory process

Public participation (fall 2019)

During fall 2019, the ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs led an extensive process to engage in a dialogue with wildlife partners, Indigenous communities and other involved stakeholders. The participants shared their viewpoints, observations or concerns regarding wildlife with government representatives during workshops held in all 17 administrative regions of Québec. Overall, more than 500 organization members came to speak.

The general public was also invited to participate in the reflection process surrounding the policy’s development by filling out a survey and submitting their comments. The survey was available online from November 18 to December 31, 2019. More than 17,300 people have completed the survey, and over 12,500 of them have provided comments in the section to that effect.

Read the public participation summary  (in French only)

Co-creation workshops (winter 2020 – partially cancelled)

This step’s objective was to stimulate exchanges and mobilize stakeholders with a wide range of expertise around a shared vision and goals in co-creation workshops.

Due to the directives put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19, part of the activities scheduled for winter 2020 were cancelled.

Development (summer and fall 2020)

To put in place a vision that meets the various expressed expectations, the Department is relying on the information gathered during the previous stages and its internal expertise to develop the first-ever government policy on wildlife. The future policy will also be subject to consultations, as provided for in the government’s approach.

Implementation (2021)

The future policy will define the government’s commitments regarding wildlife for the next ten years. Its implementation will result in concrete measures and initiatives developed jointly with the various stakeholders in the wildlife sector.