Nature Canada

Keep Wild Species Wild

Genetically engineered organisms can have unintended impacts on wild species and ecosystems that could change Nature forever.

The Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) outlines how the federal government regulates toxic chemicals as well as other polluting materials. Despite its importance, the government has failed to significantly update CEPA since 1999 (that’s over two decades ago!) and has not kept pace with the dramatic developments in the field of genetic engineering. 

About the Campaign

Genetic pollution is real and irreversible. Once a genetically engineered organism successfully reproduces with a wild counterpart, these new genes will spread throughout the population — increasing over time and changing nature forever.

In Canada, already at-risk populations of Atlantic Salmon could be outcompeted for food, or if interbreeding were to occur, be fundamentally changed. Ultimately, impacting the livelihoods of hundreds of Canadians and disrupting ecosystems forever.

Nature Canada brought together Indigenous Peoples, scientists, anglers, and conservationists to develop recommended changes to CEPA to keep wild species wild. We are actively working to ensure these recommendations, such as improved public transparency and alignment with Indigenous rights, make it into the Act.

Our Work to Date

Earlier this year, Nature Canada’s petition calling for an update of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) received hundreds of signatures from concerned Canadians. 

In April 2021, the federal government proposed “a full and comprehensive review” of the CEPA regulations governing the risk assessment of GE organisms over the next several years.  

Close up picture of Atlantic Salmon.
Close up picture of Atlantic Salmon.

About the Campaign

Genetic pollution is real and irreversible. Once a genetically engineered organism successfully reproduces with a wild counterpart, these new genes will spread throughout the population — increasing over time and changing nature forever.

In Canada, already at-risk populations of Atlantic Salmon could be outcompeted for food, or if interbreeding were to occur, be fundamentally changed. Ultimately, impacting the livelihoods of hundreds of Canadians and disrupting ecosystems forever.

Nature Canada brought together Indigenous Peoples, scientists, anglers, and conservationists to develop recommended changes to CEPA to keep wild species wild. We are actively working to ensure these recommendations, such as improved public transparency and alignment with Indigenous rights, make it into the Act.

Our Work to Date

Earlier this year, Nature Canada’s petition calling for an update of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) received hundreds of signatures from concerned Canadians. 

In April 2021, the federal government proposed “a full and comprehensive review” of the CEPA regulations governing the risk assessment of GE organisms over the next several years.  

How You Can Help

Our voices were heard, but nature needs action now.

Our work isn’t over yet. Join our online community to receive the latest updates about our efforts to ensure the Canadian Environmental Protection Act prioritizes safety, conservation, and transparency above all.

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