Investigation and Enforcement - Conservation Officers

Call 911 to report a fire, report a crime or save a life.
To report a marine pollution incident to the Coast Guard call 1-800-565-1633. 
To report a wildlife related enforcement matter after normal office hours call (902) 368-4884 or visit princeedwardisland.ca/reportpoaching

The Investigation and Enforcement Division is responsible for enforcing provincial and federal legislation. 

What do conservation officers do?

  • Conservation officers are fully trained law enforcement personnel who have additional education in environmental management.
  • Conservation officers patrol Island highways, seashores, farmlands, and wild places in an effort to preserve and protect the province’s wildlife and natural environment.                           

There are six full-time conservation officers, and one seasonal conservation officer. A day in the life of a conservation officer may include any or all of the following:

  • responding to public reports or complaints
  • monitoring and investigating environmental issues for compliance and due diligence
  • patrolling the Confederation Trail
  • enforcing laws during fishing/hunting/trapping seasons and
  • working with landowners to address high risk environmental threats.

Did you know?

75 per cent of investigations by conservation officers into environmental matters are in response to public complaints.    

Illegal dumping

Illegal dumping can hurt the environment, wildlife and communities. It's also illegal and will result in fines. To report illegal dumping, call 902-368-4884. Conservation officers will follow-up on your tip. To learn more about proper disposal of waste, visit Island Waste Management. 

Legislation

Conservation officers enforce the following provincial legislation, all of which are administered by other government departments:

Off Highway Vehicle Act

Environmental Protection Act

Wildlife Conservation Act

Pesticide Control Act

Trails Act

Unsightly Property Act

Companion Animal Protection Act / Dog Act

Natural Areas Protection Act

Trespass to Property Act

Fire Prevention Act

Forest Management Act

Agricultural Crop Rotation Act

Highway Traffic Act

Beverage Container Act

Recreation Development Act

Planning Act

Conservation officers are also responsible for enforcing federal legislation including the Criminal Code, Fisheries Act (Maritime Provinces Fishery Regulations), Migratory Birds Convention Act, Canada Shipping Act (Small Vessel Regulations), and the Species at Risk Act. You can find information about federal legislation on the Government of Canada website.

Enforcement Activity Reports
Thumbnail of map of PEI that pinpoints locations and type of 2015 enforcement activities
Image caption: 
Click to download

Enforcement Actions Map 2015

Conservation Officer Activity Report April 2017

Conservation Officer Activity Report December 2016

Act
2013 charges
2013 warnings
2014 charges
2014 warnings
2015 charges
2015 warnings
Enforcement Statistics 2013 to 2015
Environmental Protection Act
 

55

51
39
33
41
35
Wildlife Conservation Act
22
45
17
20
12
21
Migratory Birds Convention Act
3
6
4
1
6
2
Fisheries Act (federal)
4
5
4
1
10
20
Automobile Junk Yard Act
12
0
2
0
0
0
Unsightly Property Act
1
0
1
0
0
0
Pesticide Control Act
9
11
7
5
11
16

Trespass to Property Act

6
7
4
1
3
5
Trails Act
3
4
13
3
7
4
Canada Shipping Act
1
0
0
0
0
0
Off Highway Vehicle Act
29
35
44
55
56
48
Highway Traffic Act
8
6
8
4
12
2
Fire Prevention Act
4
4
3
1
4
5
Agriculture Crop Rotation Act
5
0
2
1
1
1
Planning Act / Recreation Development Act
0
0
0
0
0
3
Totals
162
174
147
128
167
159

How can I contact a conservation officer?

During regular office hours, contact a Conservation Officer in your area. Tips can also be shared online through the report a wildlife violation tool.

Office Location
Phone Number
Charlottetown
(902) 368-4884
Montague
(902) 838-0600
Queens County
(902) 368-4884
Souris
(902) 687-7000
Summerside
(902) 888-8000
Wellington
(902) 854-7250
Published date: 
March 14, 2016