The Process in Canada

The process in Canada also involves the public and provincial and native governments although the timing is much different and all migratory birds are considered at the same time. In November, the status of migratory bird populations is reported. The CWS produces proposed regulations for the following year in December, public comments are received through February and final proposals are made by April. Hunting regulations are typically finalized in mid-June and published soon thereafter. The CWS acknowledges that regulations are established "without the benefit of knowledge about the breeding conditions and production forecasts for the current year" and explicitly reserves the right to make changes after final regulations are adopted. As in the U.S., long-term trends play the greatest role in selection of appropriate hunting regulations.