PEI's 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

What do conservation officers do?

PEI's Conservation Officers enforce provincial and federal legislation related to wildlife, natural resources and public safety. They are fully trained law enforcement personnel who have additional education in environmental management. Conservation officers patrol Island highways, seashores, 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
  • protecting public safety, 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. 

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

Activity Reports
Thumbnail of map of PEI that pinpoints locations and type of 2015 enforcement activities
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April 2018

February 2018

April 2017

December 2016

Enforcement Actions Map 2015 

Act

 

2013 charges
2013 warnings
2014 charges
2014 warnings
2015 charges
2015 warnings

2016  charges

2016  warnings 2017  charges 2017  warnings
Enforcement Statistics 2013 to 2017
Environmental Protection Act
55
51
39
33
41
35
26 28 60 44
Wildlife Conservation Act   
22
45
17
20
12
21
15 23 10 20
Migratory Birds Convention Act
3
6
4
1
6
2
0 0 4 1
Fisheries Act (federal)
4
5
4
1
10
20
5 2 5 2
Unsightly Property Act
1
0
1
0
0
0
3 1 5 0
Pesticide Control Act
9
11
7
5
11
16
1 3 1 1

Trespass to Property Act

6
7
4
1
3
5
5 4 5 4
Trails Act
3
4
13
3
7
4
5 2 7 5
Canada Shipping Act
1
0
0
0
0
0
- - - -
Off Highway Vehicle Act
29
35
44
55
56
48
43 31 36 38
Highway Traffic Act
8
6
8
4
12
2
14 2 91 19
Fire Prevention Act
4
4
3
1
4
5
5 1 3 2
Agriculture Crop Rotation Act
5
0
2
1
1
1
0 0 0 0
Planning Act / Recreation Development Act
0
0
0
0
0
3
- - - -
Totals
150
174
145
128
167
159
123 104 229 136

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 CodeFisheries Act (Maritime Provinces Fishery Regulations), Migratory Birds Convention ActCanada Shipping Act (Small Vessel Regulations), and the Species at Risk Act. You can find information about federal legislation on the Government of Canada website.

 

 

Published date: 
March 14, 2016