chevron_rightLegislation requires government to fully consider the socio-economic impacts of caribou recovery
plans on the local area.
chevron_rightThe federal Species at Risk Act (SARA) requires monitoring and reporting on the ecological and
socio-economic impact of range plans, every five years – but it does not include specific thresholds
or definitions of impacts.
chevron_rightSpecific thresholds should be clearly defined to determine if the communities are being negatively
impacted by a caribou range plan.
chevron_rightNegative impacts such as a reduction in employment, loss of tax revenue and a decline in local,
regional and provincial GDP are likely to occur if impacts to local communities are not considered.
chevron_rightOverall, the communities encompassed by the NWSAR region are already at a disadvantage in
terms of: education rankings, childhood health, abundance of low-income families and high
chevron_rightIf economic activity were to further slow the consequences could be devastating for the NWSAR
region’s socio-economic well-being.