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Canada National Parks Act

Version of section 16 from 2010-12-10 to 2023-05-17:

Marginal note:Regulations

  •  (1) The Governor in Council may make regulations respecting

    • (a) the preservation, control and management of parks;

    • (b) the protection of flora, soil, waters, fossils, natural features, air quality, and cultural, historical and archaeological resources;

    • (c) the protection of fauna, the taking of specimens of fauna for scientific or propagation purposes, and the destruction or removal of dangerous or superabundant fauna;

    • (d) the management and regulation of fishing;

    • (e) the prevention and remedying of any obstruction or pollution of waterways;

    • (f) the prevention and extinguishment of fire on park lands or threatening park lands;

    • (g) the issuance, amendment and termination of leases, licences of occupation and easements or servitudes, and the acceptance of the surrender or resiliation of leases and the relinquishment of licences of occupation and easements or servitudes, of or over public lands

      • (i) in park communities, for the purposes of residence, schools, churches, hospitals, trade, tourism and places of recreation or entertainment,

      • (ii) in existing resort subdivisions, for the purpose of residence,

      • (iii) outside park communities and existing resort subdivisions, for the purposes of schools, churches, hospitals, service stations, tourism and places for the accommodation, recreation or education of visitors to parks, and

      • (iv) in the town of Banff, for the purpose of the exercise by a local government body of functions specified in the agreement referred to in section 35;

    • (h) the restriction or prohibition of activities and the control of the use of park resources and facilities;

    • (i) the establishment, operation, maintenance and administration of works and services of a public character, such as water, sewage, electricity, telephone, gas, fire protection, garbage removal and disposal and cemeteries, including the designation, granting and maintenance of plots in cemeteries, and respecting the use of those works and services;

    • (j) the establishment, maintenance, administration and use of roads, streets, highways, parking areas, sidewalks, streetworks, trails, wharves, docks, bridges and other improvements, and the circumstances under which they must be open or may be closed to public traffic or use;

    • (k) the control of traffic on roads, streets and highways and elsewhere in parks, including the regulation of the speed, operation and parking of vehicles;

    • (l) the surveying of public lands, the making of plans of surveyed lands, the delimitation in such plans of the boundaries of park communities, existing resort subdivisions and cemeteries, their designation as towns, visitor centres, resort subdivisions or cemeteries and the subdividing of lands so designated;

    • (m) the control of the location, standards, design, materials, construction, maintenance, removal and demolition of buildings, structures, facilities, signs and other improvements and the establishment of zones governing uses of land and buildings;

    • (n) the control of businesses, trades, occupations, amusements, sports and other activities or undertakings, including activities related to commercial ski facilities referred to in section 36, and the places where such activities and undertakings may be carried on;

    • (o) the preservation of public health and the prevention of disease;

    • (p) the inspection of buildings, structures, facilities and other improvements for the purpose of the enforcement of regulations made under paragraphs (m), (n) and (o);

    • (q) the abatement and prevention of nuisances;

    • (r) the determination of fees, rates, rents and other charges for the use of park resources and facilities, the provision of works and services referred to in paragraph (i) and improvements referred to in paragraph (j), and the issuance and amendment of permits, licences and other authorizing instruments pursuant to subsection (3);

    • (s) public safety, including the control of firearms;

    • (t) the use, transportation and temporary storage of pesticides and other toxic substances;

    • (u) the control of domestic animals, including the impounding or destruction of such animals found at large;

    • (v) the acquisition or disposition of prehistoric and historic objects and reproductions of them and the sale of souvenirs, consumer articles and publications;

    • (w) the authorization of the use of park lands, and the use or removal of flora and other natural objects, by aboriginal people for traditional spiritual and ceremonial purposes;

    • (x) the control of access to parks by air;

    • (y) designating provisions of the regulations for the purpose of subsection 24(1); and

    • (z) the summary removal from a park, by park wardens or enforcement officers, of persons found contravening specified provisions of this Act, the regulations or the Criminal Code, and the exclusion from a park for prescribed periods of those persons or persons convicted of offences under those provisions.

  • Marginal note:Roads and other improvements

    (2) The establishment or use of any improvement referred to in paragraph (1)(j) does not operate to withdraw lands from a park.

  • Marginal note:Powers of superintendents

    (3) Regulations made under this section may authorize the superintendent of a park, in the circumstances and subject to the limits that may be specified in the regulations,

    • (a) to vary any requirement of the regulations for purposes of public safety or the conservation of natural resources in the park;

    • (b) to issue, amend, suspend and revoke permits, licences and other authorizations in relation to any matter that is the subject of regulations and to set their terms and conditions; and

    • (c) to order the taking of any action to counter any threat to public health or to remedy the consequences of any breach of the regulations in the park.

  • Marginal note:No new establishments

    (4) No lease, licence of occupation, easement or servitude may be issued or amended pursuant to regulations made under subparagraph (1)(g)(iii) for the purpose of the establishment of a new park community, resort subdivision, school, church or hospital.

  • 2000, c. 32, s. 16
  • 2009, c. 14, s. 29
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