Research Permits fall under the Conservation Standards Program (CSP).You must apply for a Research Permit to conduct scientific research surveys, to detect or observe plants or wildlife for commercial purposes, such as a pre-screening surveys to collect baseline data or other activities. Research Permits are not required if you are doing surveys for personal, recreational, educational or other non-commercial purposes. Revisions were made to Section 21 of The Wildlife Act in 2015 and to Section 6.2 of The Wildlife Regulations in 2016. Subscribe to the mailout list to receive notifications on the latest updates to Research Permits and related information.
Properly conducted surveys and reliable data submissions are needed to understand and manage wildlife populations and their habitat. It is very important to have survey methods and data collection practices standardized across Saskatchewan. Standardized data submission templates will help improve the quality of data that will be used to guide approval and planning processes.
Upon submission of your Research Permit Application, you will be required to:
1. Agree to Conservation Standards Terms and Conditions;
2. Meet personnel requirements through:
- Prerequisites (e.g., Animal Use Protocol/Certificate of Approval, federal bird banding permit), or;
- Standards contained within Species Detection Survey Protocols. Work on formalizing Qualified Persons requirements is in progress.
3. Provide additional documentation as requested in the application(s).
4. Remain in good standing to retain eligibility status.
How To Apply
Applications for Research Permits are based on the following activities:
This application is intended for use by researchers conducting plant or wildlife research on behalf of agencies or universities and for projects where an Animal Use Protocol has been obtained.
Complete the Research Permit – Academic Research Application as per instructions on the form and attach your supporting documentation.
Let us know if you amend your Animal Use Protocol or Project Proposal
If you amend your Animal Use Protocol, please forward the amended, approved Animal Use Protocol or Project Proposal application and corresponding Certificate of Approval or Project Proposal to ENV.email@example.com. Please also amend any sections of the Research Permit – Academic Research Application as required. Note, you do not need to complete and re-submit the entire application form.
Academic research projects involving Bird Banding and Species Detection
The Academic Research application covers all other activities regulated under Research Permits, including Bird Banding or Species Detection Surveys.
How to renew your Research Permit
To renew your Research Permit, please forward your renewed Certificate of Approval at the earliest possible opportunity, so we can extend your Research Permit. Please note that ‘Reporting Conditions’ on the expiring Research Permit must be met in order to renew the Research Permit for a subsequent term.
Submission of an Academic Research Application form and supporting documents does not guarantee approval.
This application applies to industry/ environmental consultants who are conducting research, such as pre-screening surveys for commercial purposes.
Complete the Research Permit – Species Detection Application as per instructions on the form and attach your supporting documentation. The new Species Detection Survey Protocol (SDSP) - Staff Matrix will be posted soon and can be submitted after your application.
Please submit one application form per project
A project typically relates to work that is being proposed or conducted on behalf of a single proponent in relation to a specific activity in a given area. If additional surveys need to be conducted once the application has been submitted, please contact ENV.firstname.lastname@example.org. In most cases, a written email request to amend the Research Permit will suffice.
Species Detection Survey Protocols
The Species Detection Survey Protocols are used to detect rare and sensitive species so Activity Restriction Guidelines can be applied. Their use is required by industry/ environmental consultants for proposed or existing commercial activities. They can also be used by individuals or groups conducting surveys for educational purposes.
How to describe deviations from the Species Detection Survey Protocols
Use the Submission Summary Form to describe deviations from the Species Detection Survey Protocols. These forms must be submitted within five business days of completing a survey. Please refer to the Conservation Standards Terms and Conditions.
How to submit an alternate methodology, rather than using the Species Detection Survey Protocols or if no Species Detection Survey Protocol exists
In cases where Species Detection Survey Protocols exist, we may consider alternate methodologies that are as rigorous as the prescribed protocol. To request the use of an alternate method or to submit a Species Detection Survey Protocol for approval, please complete the Species Detection Application form in addition to the Species Detection Survey Protocol Template.
Plant and Wildlife Pre-construction Surveys for Renewable Energy Projects
See the guidelines and checklist for Plant and Wildlife Pre-construction Surveys for Renewable Energy Projects.
Policy on nest searches
The Government of Saskatchewan does not recommend or permit nest
searches for the purposes of development planning at this time. This
operational change is in response to Environment Canada’s 2013 policy on
Incidental Take of Migratory Birds in Canada.
Complete the Research Permit – Bird Banding Application as per instructions on the form and attach your supporting documentation.
You need a Research Permit to band birds protected by provincial legislation; this includes hawks, owls, eagles, falcons, gallinaceous birds, crows, jays, pelicans, cormorants, blackbirds and kingfishers.
You do not require a Research Permit to capture and band birds regulated under the federal Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994. An exception is Piping Plover and Whooping Crane which are listed as "at-risk" in Saskatchewan and require a Research Permit to be lawfully captured, handled or disturbed.
Collection, Handling and Translocation
Research permits for the translocation of rare plants and amphibians are no longer issued for mitigation purposes, unless they were previously approved under The Environmental Assessment Act.
For more information, see the Rare Plant Translocation Policy and the Moratorium on Issuance of Research Permits for Amphibian Mitigation Translocation.
Data Submission Templates
The information you submit is an important contribution that will guide approval and planning processes and inform species rankings, ultimately resulting in the up-listing or down-listing of species. Data submission templates consist of Data Loadforms and Submission Summary Forms for Species Detection Surveys.
We’ve created data loadforms to standardize data collection and facilitate review, analysis and entry of data into the Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre (SKCDC). Enter your data into all the required fields to complete your submission; instructions are found within the loadform itself.
If you are a researcher doing a project through your university or agency, and use the Academic or Telemetry Loadform depending on your project. Use the Species Detection Loadform for industry related projects. The Species Detection Loadform complements and applies to all of the Species Detection Survey Protocols. A Submission Summary Form(s) must accompany all Species Detection Loadforms.
Submission Summary Templates
Use the Submission Summary Form to provide a quick overview of results contained in the Species Detection Loadform and to highlight any deviations from Survey Standards and Survey Methods in the Species Detection Survey Protocols.
Completed forms must be submitted to the Research Permit Mailbox within 5 business days of survey completion.
The Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre welcomes data submissions from groups and individuals doing nature-related surveys that don’t require a Research Permit. Instructions on completing the Species Detection Data Loadform are found within the form itself.
A research permit is not required for groups or individuals doing nature-related surveys.