The Wildfire Act
The Prairie and Forest Fires Act, 1982 was adopted in the 1950's at a time in the province's history when large tracts of land were being cleared and burned for agricultural use. Even though the Act was completely updated in 1982, it is still one of the oldest pieces of wildfire legislation in Canada and has not kept pace with current wildfire management practices. A complete rewrite has been completed in order to align with the ministry's current results based regulatory initiative. The new Wildfire Act and accompanying regulations came into effect on March 31, 2015
The new legislation promotes the government goals of sustainable economic growth and ensuring public safety in the following areas:
Extensive consultations have been completed. A summary of all comments received, along with the ministry's responses, is available below.