Environment and Climate Change Canada recently issued a public consultation on proposed service fees for the Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit and Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp. The fee increases were proposed to support greater habitat conservation efforts (through the Stamp) and cost recovery of the Canadian Wildlife Service’s migratory bird hunting program (through the Permit).

Wildlife Habitat Canada receives the revenue generated from the Stamp, and invests these funds in habitat conservation, stewardship, and hunter education and recruitment projects through its grant program. The Stamp currently costs $8.50, a price that has not been increased since 1991. As you can imagine, the purchasing power of the Stamp in 2018 is vastly different than it was in 1991.

If the proposed fee increase is approved for the Stamp, in 2019 at $10.50 the Stamp would provide an additional $400,000 for habitat conservation, stewardship and hunter education and recruitment activities. If further increased to $12.50 in 2020, the Stamp would provide a further $400,000 for these activities.

The need for additional funds for conservation is reaching a crucial point as sources of funding, such as the National Wetlands Conservation Fund, continue to dry up. In fact, this year WHC received more grant applications than ever before, with funds requested more than doubling the funding currently available from the Stamp.

Read more about the proposed fee increase here.