A New Aquaculture Act in Canada


Canada`s seafood farmers are united in support of healthy, sustainable and responsible aquaculture growth and the timely passage of Canada’s first federal Aquaculture Act.

The Act would set clear, consistent standards for aquaculture farming across the country, and allow for much greater federal-provincial coordination in how our industry is managed. This will simplify cross-provincial operations and focus attention on creating sound, science-based rules.


CAIA believes a new federal act would:

  • Foster a healthy, responsible and sustainable farmed seafood sector in Canada.
  • Ensure a science-based, accountable and transparent management approach.
  • Revitalize hard hit coastal communities including First Nations communities with sustainable high value jobs.
  • Enable greater federal/provincial co-operation & collaboration.
  • Meet future demand with global best practices and international competitiveness.

The proposed Aquaculture Act represents a step forward in modernizing how Canada views, regulates, and enables growth of our industry. Rather than being regulated under a 150 year old Fisheries Act, the Aquaculture Act would recognize our industry as a farming activity – consistent with the approach of other leading jurisdictions around the world.

Value for Canadians


  • Increased supply of safe, healthy, homegrown seafood for Canadians.
  • Raise Canada’s contribution to the fast-growing global seafood market.


  • A globally-recognized, growing industry provides new, well-paying, year-round jobs to Canadians in coastal and rural communities.


  • Straightforward new law, rooted in sound science, ensures that Canada’s wildlife and seabed remain protected. Less paperwork and more actual work protecting species.