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Ministry of Environment

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The Ministry of Environment provides science-based solutions, compliance and mitigation measures aimed at protecting the environment, safeguarding communities and helping to ensure balanced economic growth and a better quality of life for all Saskatchewan residents.

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1. Information you might be looking for

Hunting

Get information to purchase a hunting or trapping licence. Download the Hunters’ and Trappers’ Guide and supplements. Apply for a Draw or get findings on the most current hunter harvest survey.

Angling

Get information to purchase an angling licence. Download the Anglers’ Guide. Learn about aquatic invasive species and learn about fisheries management and research.

Wildfire management

Report a wildfire. Find a daily wildfire report. Request wildfire assistance. Check fire weather and get smoke information for the province. View fire activity and daily fire danger maps.

Report a spill or search for impacted sites

Report a spill, submit a 30-day written spill report, or search for hazardous facilities or past spill information.

GIS map service

Access government maps and web mapping applications such as HABISask, Sask Interactive and wildlife management zones.
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2. Plans and Annual Reports

Plan for 2015-16

The plan for 2015-16 reflects Government's goals of sustaining growth and opportunities for Saskatchewan people, improving our quality of life, making life more affordable and delivering responsive and responsible government.

For previous Ministry plans, please visit Prior Year Plans, Reports and Guiding Documents.

Annual Reports

The Ministry of Environment's 2014-15 Annual Report presents the ministry’s activities and results for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015. It reports to the public and elected officials on public commitments made and other key accomplishments of the Ministry.

Previous fiscal year annual reports can be found by visiting Prior Year Plans, Reports and Guiding Documents.

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3. Programs and services

Air

Get details on air quality monitoring, current readings in your community and the potential impacts from pollutants, vehicle emissions and industrial operations on the atmosphere.

Biodiversity

Learn about invasive species and species at risk. Apply for a scientific permit. Find out about wildlife diseases in Saskatchewan. 

Client Service Office

Get an answer to your question.  Connect with help to navigate application and permission processes.   

Climate Change

Access Saskatchewan’s climate change policy, regulations and consultation documents.

Compliance and Enforcement

Apply for a permit for sale of wildlife, sewage hauling and more. Information on becoming a conservation officer. Report a violation.

Environmental Assessment

Learn about the environmental assessment (EA) process. Apply for a screening. Access projects under review. Download guidance documents. 

Fishing

Purchase a licence.  Find licence fee information. Download the 2015 guide. Learn about catch and release, fish stocking, fish disease, fisheries management and more.  Find an outfitter.

Forests

Download field guides and reports. Find out about forest management, planning and licensing. Get information about forest insects and diseases.

Go Green and Environmental Innovation

Find out how to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce waste and conserve water. Learn about projects under the Go Green fund and programs to help Saskatchewan go green.

Hunting

Purchase a licence. Find licence fee information. Download the 2015 guide. Find information about sport hunting, regulations, guiding and outfitting in Saskatchewan and more.

Hazardous Materials, Spills and Impacted Sites

Download applications, submit a spill report form, fill out a corrective action plan.

Land

Develop a cottage subdivision. Arrange for an easement. Lease or sell Crown resource land. Review the land use planning process. Information on mining. Apply for a permit.

Recycling

Where can I recycle my waste? Information on the Multi-Material Recycling Program.  Learn about recycling programs in Saskatchewan.

Trapping

Purchase a trapping licence. Download the 2015 guide. Apply for a permit.  Licence fees.  Learn about the Saskatchewan fur program.
 

Waste Management

Information on hazardous/special waste, septic waste disposal and solid waste management.  Report a spill. Review the Canada-wide standards documents. 

Wildfire Management

Report a fire. Read daily wildfire activity reports.  Find out about the proposed Wildfire Act.  Learn how to become FireSmart.  Apply for a permit.  Fire ban information.  How does government respond to a wildfire.  

Wildlife

Learn about habitat protection, the Fish and Wildlife Development Fund, problem wildlife and species at risk. Information on wildlife population surveys. Apply for a permit.

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4. Ministers and managers

Hon. Herb Cox
Hon. Herb Cox, Minister

Minister's Office

Phone (306) 787-0393
Fax (306) 787-1669
Email env.minister@gov.sk.ca
Mailing Address Room 38, Legislative Building, 2405 Legislative Drive, Regina, SK, Canada, S4S 0B3
Cam Swan
Cam Swan, Deputy Minister

Deputy Minister's Office

Phone (306) 787-2930
Fax (306) 787-2947
Email cam.swan@gov.sk.ca
Mailing Address 5th Floor, 3211 Albert Street, Regina, SK, Canada, S4S 5W6
Kevin Murphy, Assistant Deputy Minister

Resource Management and Compliance Division

Phone (306) 787-8567
Fax (306) 787-2947
Mailing Address 5th Floor, 3211 Albert Street, Regina, SK, Canada, S4S 5W6
Lori Uhersky, Assistant Deputy Minister

Environmental Support Division

Phone (306) 787-5737
Fax (306) 787-2947
Mailing Address 5th Floor, 3211 Albert Street, Regina, SK, Canada, S4S 5W6
Erika Ritchie, Assistant Deputy Minister, Environmental Protection and Audit Division

Environmental Protection and Audit Division

Phone (306) 787-5419
Fax (306) 787-2947
Mailing Address 5th Floor, 3211 Albert Street, Regina, SK, Canada, S4S 5W6
Wayne Wark, Executive Director

Communication Services Branch

Phone (306) 787-2770
Fax (306) 787-3941
Mailing Address 5th Floor, 3211 Albert Street, Regina, SK, Canada, S4S 5W6
Scott Pittendrigh, Director

Climate Change Branch

Phone (306) 787-6182
Fax (306) 787-0024
Mailing Address 4th Floor, 3211 Albert Street, Regina, SK, Canada, S4S 5W6
Kevin Callele, Executive Director

Compliance and Field Services Branch

Phone (306) 787-3388
Fax (306) 787-3913
Mailing Address 3rd Floor, 3211 Albert Street, Regina, SK, Canada, S4S 5W6
Brady Pollock, Manager, Applications

Environmental Assessment Branch

Phone (306) 787-7603
Fax (306) 787-0930
Mailing Address 4th Floor, 3211 Albert Street, Regina, SK, Canada, S4S 5W6
Laurel Welsh, Executive Director

Corporate Services Branch

Phone (306) 787-2484
Mailing Address 336 - 3211 Albert Street, Regina, SK, Canada, S4S 5W6
Executive Director, Executive Director

Fish and Wildlife Branch

Phone (306) 787-2309
Fax (306) 787-9544
Mailing Address 4th Floor, 3211 Albert Street, Regina, SK, Canada, S4S 5W6
Wes Kotyk, Executive Director

Environmental Protection Branch

Phone (306) 933-6542
Fax (306) 933-8442
Mailing Address 102 - 112 Research Drive, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, S7N 3R3
Aaron Kuchirka, Acting Executive Director, Forest Service

Forest Service Branch

Phone (306) 953-3255
Fax (306) 953-2360
Email aaron.kuchirka@gov.sk.ca
Physical Address 201 - 1061 Central Avenue,
Mailing Address Box 3003, Prince Albert, SK, Canada, S6V 6G1
Thon Phommavong, Executive Director

Business Transformation Management Branch

Phone (306) 787-9986
Fax (306) 787-1513
Mailing Address 5th Floor, 3211 Albert Street, Regina, SK, Canada, S4S 5W6
Dr. Kevin McCullum, Chief Engineer

Technical Resources Branch

Phone (306) 787-2739
Fax (306) 787-0646
Mailing Address 5th Floor, 3211 Albert Street, Regina, SK, Canada, S4S 5W6
Steve Roberts, Executive Director

Wildfire Management Branch

Phone (306) 953-2206
Fax (306) 953-3575
Physical Address Provincial Wildfire Centre, Highway # 2 North,
Mailing Address Box 3003, Highway # 2 North, Prince Albert, SK, Canada, S6V 6G1
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5. Forms and Publications

2015 Hunters' and Trappers Guide

Learn what's new for 2015, new regulations, licence fees, regulation summaries, wildlife zones and more. The guide is also available in French through the Publication Centre. 

Hunting and Angling Licence System Instructions

Step by Step instructions to assist you with obtaining your HAL ID and purchasing licences online.

2015 State of the Environment Report

Learn more about government's measurement of air, climate, land, forest and water.

You can find all publications for this ministry in the Publications Centre.

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6. Legislation

The following acts and regulations are administered by the Ministry of Environment and are available in pdf format.  The url links below are provided with the consent of the Queen’s Printer for Saskatchewan pursuant to Government of Saskatchewan copyright policies.  Printed copies of the legislation are also available through the Queen’s Printer website. 

To order or subscribe, please visit www.qp.gov.sk.ca.  If you don’t have Adobe Reader on your system, you can download it for free.

Clean Air Act
Protects Saskatchewan's air quality by regulating emissions that originate in the province.

Conservation Easements Act
Encourages private landowners, conservation organizations and governments to protect ecologically sensitive lands and natural areas through voluntary agreements.

Ecological Reserves Act
Protects unique, natural ecosystems and landscape features through the designation of Crown land as ecological reserves.

Environmental Assessment Act
Provides a practical means to ensure that development proceeds with adequate environmental safeguards and in a manner broadly understood by and acceptable to the public through the integrated assessment of environmental impact.

Environmental Management and Protection Act, 2002
Protects the air, land and water resources of the province through the regulation and control of potentially harmful activities and substances.

Fisheries Act (Saskatchewan), 1994
Enables sustainable management of fisheries resources by affirming provincial ownership of fish, creating a provincial licensing system, and regulating allocation of fish resources, fish marketing, aquaculture, sport fishing and commercial fishing.

Forestry Professions Act
Establishes the Association of Saskatchewan Forestry Professionals, an organization independent of government and industry, responsible for ensuring that its members maintain required standards for competency and conduct.

Forest Resources Management Act
Allows the ministry to implement a framework for sustainable management of Saskatchewan's forest resources.

Litter Control Act
Makes littering an offence and provides for the establishment and administration of a deposit refund system for various beverage containers.

Natural Resources Act
(subject to OC 208/96) Establishes the province's mandate to manage, protect, conserve and develop renewable resources in a sustainable manner.

Prairie and Forest Fires Act, 1982
Provides for the prevention, detection and suppression of prairie and forest fires originating in provincial forests, parks and on unoccupied Crown lands. It also governs compensation for conscripted firefighters and authorizes establishment and regulation of fire bans and burning permit areas.

Provincial Lands Act
Creates authority for the management and transfer of Crown lands.

Sale or Lease of Certain Lands Act
Gives Cabinet the ability to place conditions on the transfer or lease of lands listed in a schedule to this Act.

State of the Environment Report Act
Provides for public accountability in reporting of environmental conditions and activities through the preparation and release of a State of the Environment Report every two years.

Water Appeal Board Act
Establishes the Water Appeal Board and enables the board to hear appeals regarding water, sewage and drainage issues.

Wildlife Act, 1998
Provides for the management, conservation and protection of wildlife resources through the issuance and revocation of licences, the prosecution of wildlife offences and the establishment of annual hunting seasons.

Wildlife Habitat Protection Act
Provides for the management, conservation and protection of wildlife lands and wildlife by preventing the sale and alteration of certain Crown lands.

New Legislation
In 2010, The Forest Resources Management Act, The Environmental Management and Protection Act, 2010, and The Management and Reduction of Greenhouse Gases Act were passed but not proclaimed by the Legislative Assembly.  These acts authorize the Lieutenant Governor in Council to adopt a code.  Any activities not captured by the current code will continue to be regulated under a licensing or approval process.  To support the proclamation of these acts, a number of code chapters needed to be developed and many existing regulations needed to be repealed or amended.  In addition, new regulations need to be developed to adopt the code and to address regulatory gaps for those activities not yet captured under the code

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7. News releases

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