About: Environment, Energy and Climate Action

The Department of Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Action takes action to safeguard the environment and protect land and water resources. The department engages Islanders in initiatives that 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

Structure and Employees

Climate Action Secretariat

The Climate Action Secretariat 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 Land.

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Climate Change
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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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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Waste Reduction, Recovery and Recycling

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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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 Land.

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Energy and Minerals

The Energy and Minerals Unit is responsible for the development, implementation and administration of energy policies and programs, and the administration of mineral resources development. The unit will also support gas exploration initiatives undertaken on Prince Edward Island.

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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 Environment, Water and Climate Change. 

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
PEI Energy Corporation

The PEI Energy Corporation promotes the development of energy systems and the production and distribution of energy, in all its forms, across the province.

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The Sustainability Division is responsible for developing and coordinating PEI’s Path Towards Net Zero. The division includes the Office of Net Zero and efficiencyPEI. 

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Office of Net Zero

Agencies, Boards and Commissions

Minister's Office
Deputy Minister
Executive Admin Assistant
Senior Communications Officer

General Inquiries

Department of Environment, Energy and Climate Action
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
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