Canadian Navigable Waters Act legislative review

Current status: Closed

Open on March, 06, 2024 and will be closed on May, 05, 2024.

The Canadian Navigable Waters Act (CNWA) came into force on August 28, 2019.

The Minister of Transport (the Minister) must perform a legislative review of the Act within five years of it coming into force, and produce a report that is tabled before Parliament.

The CNWA Legislative Review Team will be engaging with partners and stakeholders, developing recommendations, and writing the final report.

This paper is meant to guide the discussions to find out where we can improve the Act, and where we can build upon successes.

Join in: how to participate

Interested parties may submit their written feedback at the email or mailing address below.

Send us an email

Please email your feedback to:

Participate by mail

Joseph Kokou, Navigation Protection Program, Transport Canada, 330 Sparks Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0N5.

Who is the focus of this consultation 

Transport Canada is seeking feedback from Indigenous Peoples and key stakeholders like industry, provincial, territorial and municipal governments and recreational organizations. The public is also invited to submit feedback on the discussion paper.

Key questions for discussion

The discussion paper focuses on key areas of the Act and captures issues raised to date. While the discussion questions are centered around five themes, we welcome feedback on all aspects of the Act and its implementation:

  1. The intention of the Act;
  2. Indigenous partnership
  3. Navigable waters
  4. Works
  5. The schedule/public resolution process

Related information

Contact us

Transport Canada
Place de Ville, Tower C
330 Sparks St
Ottawa ON K1A 0N5