The Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) is devoted to protecting and preserving the country's wildlife and natural habitats. To accomplish this mission, the organization has formed various collaborations with regional partners, community groups, lake associations, and individuals. Additionally, the CWF has received support from Canada's Council of Wildlife Ministers and IUCN's Save Our Species. The Endangered Wildlife Recovery (RENEW) initiative was launched with the help of the Council of Wildlife Ministers.
This program is designed to inform the public about the progress made in protecting endangered species. The Endangered Species Act was also passed to prevent wildlife species from disappearing in Canada, ensure the recovery of threatened species, and manage species of special interest. The Canadian Wildlife Act was passed to allow for the creation, management, and protection of national wildlife areas. This led to the formation of Wildlife Service Canada as its own branch within the Department of the Environment.
The Wildlife Area Regulations were modernized to better protect priority habitats for migratory birds, endangered species, and other wild animals. The Committee on the Status of Canada's Endangered Wildlife was created to provide independent advice to the Minister of the Environment on endangered wildlife species. The first Federal Advisory Board on Wildlife Protection and the Wildlife Division were also established as part of the National Parks Subdivision. In addition, wildlife vignettes were created in the 1960s as a way to use television to interest people in wildlife conservation.
The Canadian Wildlife Act was amended to include all terrestrial species of flora and fauna and all species found within 200 nautical miles of the Canadian coast. This allowed for the establishment and management of national wildlife areas. The Scott Islands National Marine Wildlife Area became the first National Marine Wildlife Area established under Canada's Wildlife Act. This initiative was designed to conserve wildlife in Canada by launching fundamental research in support of wildlife management, introducing a land acquisition process for a system of national wildlife areas, and a national wetland preservation program focused on prairies. Today, more than 40 years after its entry into force, the Regulation designates 55 national wildlife areas across Canada that provide approximately 1 million hectares of habitat for wildlife species. It is a privilege and honor for Canadians to support CWF in representing Canada's wildlife conservation.