About: Communities, Land and Environment

The Department of Communities, Land and Environment takes action to safeguard the environment; protect land and water resources; and foster strong communities and local government. The department engages Islanders in initiatives that strengthen communities and achieve environmental stewardship goals.

Some of the priorities in this mandate are to: 

  • Lead the effort, through public consultation, on a new Water Act to protect water resources
  • Continue to implement the recommendations of the Carver Report on the Lands Protection Act
  • Take proactive action to address climate change
  • Work with the Department of Finance on a new funding system for municipalities in PEI

Structure and Employees

Climate Change Secretariat

In partnership with departments and agencies across government, Climate Change Secretariat develops, implements and reports on actions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increases the capacity of our environment, economy, and society to adapt to a changing climate.

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The Environment Division runs a wide range of programs, services and activities that protect our environment as well as public health and safety.

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Agriculture Outreach

The Agriculture Outreach section is responsible for the management, administration and licensing associated with the sale, use, storage, and transport pesticide products.  It is also responsible for environmental compliance and enforcement activities on farms and jointly administered the Alternative Land Use Services program with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

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Beverage Container Program Management

The Government of Prince Edward Island is taking steps to make sure all of the province’s used beverage containers go on to productive use. Prince Edward Island’s deposit and return system and island-wide network of privately operated Container Recycling Depots make it easy and rewarding for people to collect and return their cans, bottles and cartons. 

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Drinking Water and Wastewater Management

The Drinking Water and Wastewater Management section provides regulatory oversight for the construction and operation of central water supply and wastewater collection and treatment in the province, including as key components, the approval of water and wastewater system construction and up-grades, certification of system operators, monitoring of system performance and related compliance activities. In addition, the section provides interpretation and advice relating to private water well quality sampling activities.

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Environmental Land Management

The Environmental Land Management section oversees a wide variety of administrative responsibilities under the Environmental Protection Act and its associated regulations.  The scope of these responsibilities include environmental impact assessments, watercourse and wetland alteration approvals, petroleum/pollution prevention activities, contaminated site management, environmental record reviews, and the approval of excavation pits and recycling facilities.

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Inspection Services

The Inspection Services section is responsible for the provision of a coordinated and integrated delivery of regulations and codes aimed at protecting public health, safety and the natural environment. The subject areas involved include land use regulations pertinent to subdivision and development, Acts and regulations for the adoption of the Canadian Electrical Code, Canadian Elevator Safety Code, Amusement Device Codes, National Plumbing Code, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) codes for boiler and pressure vessels safety and building standards for barrier-free design (National Building Code of Canada).

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PEI Analytical Laboratories

PEI Analytical Laboratories is a full service laboratory that offers a variety of testing services. The major focus at PEI Analytical Laboratories is agricultural and environmental testing. This includes dairy, feed, water, compost, manure, plant tissue, seed and soil samples.  PEI Analytical Laboratories is accredited by the Standards Council of Canada to the international standard for general requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories, ISO/IEC 17025:2005.

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Water and Air Monitoring

The Watershed and Subdivision Planning section provides regulatory oversight for water wells, administers the Watershed Management Fund, monitors Island water resources and assessments of the impact of resource use and contaminants. The section provides technical support to watershed groups and advice to the public on water quality and quantity issues. It also assesses and approves subdivisions in areas of the province without official plans and bylaws. The section coordinates the Alternative Land Use Services program in partnership with the Dept. of Agriculture and Fisheries.

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Finance and Corporate Services
Forests, Fish and Wildlife

Forests, Fish and Wildlife is a division of the P.E.I. Department of Communities, Land and Environment. 

What services does the Forests, Fish and Wildlife division provide?

  • managing public forest lands
  • assisting private forest owners
  • producing Acadian Forest tree and shrub species for planting programs
  • licensing anglers, hunters and trappers
  • training for firearms safety, hunter safety and trapper education
  • offering wildlife management programs and services
  • collecting data and mapping Island forests, and
  • overseeing wildfire suppression on P.E.I.
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Field Services

The Field Services program provides technical advice and financial assistance to Island land owners who want to manage their forest lands for any number of goals and values through the Forest Enhancement Program. 

Public lands such as Provincial Forests and Wildlife Management areas are managed through Field Services to address a variety of public benefits. These benefits include but are not limited to the conservation of wildlife habitats, production of high value forest products, creation of places for outdoor recreation and the establishment of long term forest research.

Field Services also coordinates wildfire suppression programs across PEI. 

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Fish and Wildlife

The Fish and Wildlife section issues hunting, trapping and fishing licences and conducts training courses for trappers, firearms users and hunters. Staff work to conserve Natural Areas, Wildlife Management Areas and ponds and wetlands, conduct wildlife surveys and studies, manage freshwater fisheries and species at risk programs and provide information on Island wildlife to the public, wildlife user groups and national agencies.

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Production Development

The Production Development section works to improve the quality and growth of selected tree species through intensive selection and breeding programs at the J. Frank Gaudet Tree Nursery in West Royalty. Tree and shrub seedlings are produced for reforestation programs on private and provincial forest lands, landscaping projects and watershed enhancement. Insect and Disease analysis and research is also conducted by nursery staff.

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Provincial Forest

The Provincial Forests section is responsible for the sustainable management of 18,700 ha of publicly owned forest. This is done through monitoring of the growth and health of the Provincial Forest, modeling of forest management options, delivery of forest management treatments to achieve multiple benefits from the forest through tenders or Provincial Forest section crews, building partnerships with community groups, and periodic public consultations. In addition, the Section provides leadership in forest fire management for all lands, manages provincial forests, delivers forest education and technical information programs for youth and the general public, and provides public access to maps at the district offices.

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Resource Inventory and Modelling

The Resource Inventory and Modeling program provides inventory and mapping support for the agriculture and forestry community. This involves the acquisition of aerial photography, the production of land use and land cover mapping products, and the establishment and measurement of forest management plots. Other activities included monitoring forest growth and conducting special forestry projects.

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Minister's Office
Municipal Affairs and Provincial Planning
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Municipal Affairs

The Municipal Affairs Branch is the primary contact between:

  • the Government of Prince Edward Island
  • municipalities and 
  • municipal interest groups 

What does the Municipal Affairs branch do for PEI?

The branch provides support to municipalities in the following areas:

  • formation, amalgamation, and other boundary changes
  • elections
  • governance
  • municipal financial management
  • administration and management
  • official plans and land use and subdivision bylaws

The branch collects and maintains information regarding municipal bylaws, financing, boundaries, and a range of other municipal processes.

The branch also oversees the Municipal Support Grant Program, as well as grants for the Federation of Prince Edward Island Municipalities.

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Provincial Planning Branch

Provincial Planning plays the lead role in the development and implementation of the Provincial Land Use Policy. It is the designated policy centre within government for land use and land ownership on PEI. The branch maintains the legislative framework, which guides land use and development decisions. Relevant legislation includes the Planning Act and the Lands Protection Act.

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Agencies, Boards and Commissions

Communities, Land and Environment department logo
Minister's Office
(902) 620-3646
(902) 368-5542
Deputy Minister
Executive Director, Climate Change Secretariat
Administrative Assistant
Senior Communications Officer

General Inquiries

Department of Communities, Land and Environment
4th Floor, Jones Building
11 Kent Street
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8

Phone: (902) 368-5044
Toll-free: 1-866-368-5044
Fax: (902) 368-5830