COSEWIC news and events

New things are always happening in the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. Here you will find information about calls for bids, upcoming meetings, and news from the latest wildlife species assessment meeting. Selected documents produced by, or for, COSEWIC also are posted here.

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Upcoming events


Upcoming calls for expression of interest:

  • COSEWIC membership, winter 2020 (date to be determined)
  • Species specialist subcommittee membership, fall 2020 (date to be determined)

Upcoming calls for bids:

Upcoming meetings:

  • COSEWIC Wildlife Species Assessment Meeting
    November 24 to 29, 2019
    Ottawa, Ontario

Recent press releases

Archived press releases


COSEWIC's response to wildlife species referrals by the Governor in Council

The COSEWIC marine mammals specialist subcommittee’s response to the referral of the North Pacific population of Humpback Whale in 2006 and 2013 is available upon request by contacting the COSEWIC secretariat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.