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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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:

  • Increases efficiency and reduction of administrative requirements;
  • Places responsibility, appropriately shared by government with individuals, stakeholders or other jurisdictions;
  • Enhances protection for public safety and the environment;
  • Clarifies responsibility for wildfire administration and suppression within municipal jurisdictions;
  • Enhances prevention initiatives within wildland urban interface areas; and
  • Administers industrial and commercial operations under a results based regulatory framework.

Extensive consultations have been completed.  A summary of all comments received, along with the ministry's responses, is available below.

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