Wildlife management boards and COSEWIC

Wildlife Management Boards (WMB) are established under land claims agreements. Existing WMBs cover almost all of Nunavut, northern Northwest Territories (NWT), the Yukon and parts of Quebec and British Columbia, and provide direction on the sustainable use of wildlife resources within their jurisdiction(s).

Communication between COSEWIC and the WMBs will improve the designation process for species at risk. WMBs have access to information on wildlife in their settlement regions and they have the ability to facilitate communication between COSEWIC and the hunters and trappers with substantial knowledge of species of interest. To this end, the WMBs and COSEWIC have developed a process for ensuring that information held by the WMBs is included in COSEWIC's assessment process.

List of WMBs that have expressed an interest in COSEWIC's activities

Map of WMBs territories

Lists of species in WMBs. These lists includes species that have been designated by COSEWIC and those that are new candidates for designation.

About us

The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) is an independent advisory panel to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada that meets twice a year to assess the status of wildlife species at risk of extinction. Members are wildlife biology experts from academia, government, non-governmental organizations and the private sector responsible for designating wildlife species in danger of disappearing from Canada.


COSEWIC secretariat
Canadian Wildlife Service
Environment and Climate Change Canada
351 St. Joseph Blvd, 16th floor
Gatineau QC K1A 0H3

Telephone: 819-938-4125
Fax: 819-938-3984
Email: ec.cosepac-cosewic.ec@canada.ca

Latest News

COSEWIC press release: May 2019

ST. JOHN'S, May 6, 2019 /CNW/ - Canada's marine protected areas are more important than ever. The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) has just assessed three whales, including two of the world's largest, as under threat in Canadian waters.


Assessment results (May 2019 COSEWIC wildlife species assessment meeting)

Twice per year, Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) meets to discuss and evaluate the status of Canadian wildlife species. Here you will find the List of Wildlife Species scheduled for the next COSEWIC Wildlife Species Assessment Meeting, the results of wildlife species assessment meeting, and the updated COSEWIC Canadian Wildlife Species at Risk Publication.