Department of Environment, Government of Nunavut (DOE): www.gov.nu.ca/environment
Responsible for the protection of Nunavut's environment and the sustainable use of its renewable resources. DOE’s mandate addresses the management of terrestrial mammals, including polar bears, caribou and muskox. It also develops and maintains territorial parks and conservation areas. DOE’s legislative responsibilities include, among other statutes, the Nunavut Wildlife Act.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Government of Canada (DFO): www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca
Manages fish and marine mammal stocks, protects their aquatic habitat, and conducts research and gathers information to protect and conserve marine and freshwater environments and their resources.
The Canadian Wildlife Service, Government of Canada (CWS): www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca
Handles wildlife matters falling within federal jurisdiction, including the protection and management of migratory birds, nationally significant habitats and species at risk. CWS also does research in many fields of wildlife biology. In addition, Environment Canada’s Parks Canada Agency oversees Nunavut's national parks - Auyuittuq National Park, Sirmilik National Park and Quttinirpaaq National Park.
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, Government of Canada (INAC): www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca
Administers mineral rights and land use activities on the more than 80 per cent of the land in Nunavut in which both the subsurface and surface rights are held by the Crown in right of Canada. INAC heads up the Northern Contaminants Program, while also attempting to protect the northern environment and encourage sustainable development.
Transport Canada (TC): www.tc.gc.ca
Responsible for the promotion of a safe and secure, efficient and environmentally responsible transportation system in Canada. Safety and security activities include aircraft service, civil aviation, marine safety, marine security, rail safety, road safety, security and emergency preparedness, transportation of dangerous goods, rail and urban transit security.
Canadian Coast Guard (CCG): www.ccg-gcc.gc.ca
Owns and operates the federal government’s civilian fleet, and provides key maritime services to Canadians. The Oceans Act gives the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the CCG responsibility for provides aids to navigation, marine communications and traffic management services, icebreaking and ice-management services, channel maintenance, marine search and rescue, marine pollution response, and, support of other government departments, boards and agencies by providing ships, aircraft and other services. The Canada Shipping Act gives the Minister responsibilities and obligations regarding aids to navigation, search and rescue, pollution response, and vessel traffic services.