Let’s Talk Navigation – Minor Works Order (Phase 2)

Current status: Open
Open on August 4, 2020 and will be closed on October 5, 2020.

On August 28, 2019, the Canadian Navigable Waters Act (CNWA) came into force. The CNWA amended the Navigation Protection Act. This Act:

  • restores and better protects your right to move freely over Canada's waterways
  • advances reconciliation with Indigenous peoples
  • creates more accessible and transparent processes

Minor Works Order

As part of the Act, the Minister of Transport can designate a work that is likely to slightly interfere as a "minor work". An owner of a minor work may construct, place, alter, rebuild, remove or decommission the minor work in, on, over, under, through or across any navigable water in accordance with the requirements found in the Minor Works Order.

Join in: how to participate

Share your ideas

We're looking for feedback about our plans to restructure and change the Order. Read our discussion paper (PDF, 2.68 MB) on the Minor Works Order and share your views by contacting us at NPP-Secretariat-PPN@tc.gc.ca

Who is the focus of this consultation

All Canadians are invited to participate in the online consultations. Those with a particular interest may include:

  • Indigenous communities and groups
  • Provincial and municipal governments
  • Industry

Key questions for discussion

  • What do you think of the changes that we are contemplating for existing types of minor works?
  • What are your thoughts on the new types of works we are proposing to add to the order?

Related information

Contact us

Transport Canada
Tower C, Place de Ville
330 Sparks St, 18th Floor
Ottawa ON
K1A 0N5

By email: NPP-Secretariat-PPN@tc.gc.ca