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In accordance with its Order of Reference of Tuesday, October 17, 2017, your Committee has considered Bill C-55, An Act to amend the Oceans Act and the Canada Petroleum Resources Act, and agreed on Thursday, December 7, 2017, to report it with the following amendments:

Clause 4

That Bill C-55, in Clause 4, be amended by adding after line 22 on page 1 the following:

“(1.1) Section 35(1) of the Act is amended by striking out “and” at the end of paragraph (d), by adding “and” at the end of paragraph (e) and by adding the following after paragraph (e):

(f) the conservation and protection of marine areas for the purpose of maintaining ecological integrity.

(1.2) Section 35 of the Act is amended by adding the following after subsection (1):

(1.1) For the purpose of paragraph (1)(f), ecological integrity means a condition in which

(a) the structure, composition and function of ecosystems are undisturbed by any human activity;

(b) natural ecological processes are intact and self-sustaining;

(c) ecosystems evolve naturally; and

(d) an ecosystem’s capacity for self-renewal and its biodiversity are maintained.”

That Bill C-55, in Clause 4, be amended by replacing line 6 on page 2 with the following:

“national network of marine protected areas on behalf of the Gov-”

That Bill C-55, in Clause 4, be amended by adding after line 7 on page 2 the following:

“(2.1) In performing his or her duties and functions under subsection (2), the Minister shall ensure that

(a) clearly identified objectives are set with regard to each marine protected area; and

(b) the network of marine protected areas covers diverse habitat types, biogeographic regions and environmental conditions.”

Clause 5

That Bill C-55, in Clause 5, be amended by replacing line 6 on page 3 with the following:

“a marine protected area under paragraph 35(3)(a), in a manner that is not inconsistent with a land claims agreement that has been given effect and has been ratified or approved by an Act of Parliament and, in”

That Bill C-55, in Clause 5, be amended by replacing line 13 on page 3 with the following:

“removes from that marine protected area any unique geological or archeological features or any living”

Your Committee has ordered a reprint of Bill C-55, as amended, as a working copy for the use of the House of Commons at the report stage.
A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meetings Nos. 72 and 74 to 81) is tabled.