Commune Baie du Febvre following restoration/
Quebec Ministry of Natural Resources and WildlifeFocus

The Quebec Eastern Habitat Joint Venture (QC-EHJV) of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) focuses primarily on the protection and restoration of wetland and associated upland habitats along the St. Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers. The QC-EHJV program is administered through the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs (Québec’s Ministry of Forests, Widlife and Parks)

Program Delivery Partners

Ducks Unlimited Canada

Environment and Climate Change Canada, Canadian Wildlife Service

Fondation de la faune du Québec

Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs (Québec’s Ministry of Forests, Widlife and Parks)

Ministère  du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (Québec’s Ministry of  Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change)

Nature Conservancy of Canada


Harlequin Duck pair/©Ducks Unlimited Canada

Target Actions

  • habitat protection through the acquisition of land and voluntary protection through conservation agreements with landowners
  • wildlife enhancement work at protected sites
  • assessment of sites to be enhanced and monitoring of enhancement work already carried out
  • promotion of recreational and educational values of protected sites

Habitat Protection and Restoration


Ministry of Natural Resources and Wildlife

Barachois de Malbaie, Gaspé Penninsula, Quebec/
Nature Conservancy of Canada

Between 1987 and 2009, QC-EHJV partners invested over $57 million to conserve and restore high-priority wetland habitat across the Province. Almost 100 of these wetlands have benefited from activities that include acquisition, voluntary landowner agreements and local stewardship. Improved waterfowl habitat benefits many other migratory birds, plant and wildlife species as well as people, while enhancing the Province’s overall biodiversity.


Habitat Enhancement

Between 1987 and 2009, QC-EHJV partners invested over $17 million in enhancement activities in the Province’s high-priority wetland areas resulting in the enhancement of over 8,000 hectares of wetland and upland habitat for the benefit of waterfowl and other migratory birds.

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Habitat Monitoring and Assessment

QC-EHJV partners have invested in studies and inventories that help to advance the Province’s wetland conservation programs and activities.

Examples include:

  • studies and surveys to improve the understanding of waterfowl and wetland distribution
  • studies examining the effectiveness of various techniques for enhancing nesting cover, the identification of environmental factors governing habitat use in agricultural watersheds and the use of freshwater island environments during the breeding season
  • surveys focusing on Canada’s species at risk
  • assessments of habitat and wetlands using new technologies such as satellite imagery and geographic information systems
  • studies in agricultural areas where habitats have been characterized and studies in woodlands and other types of landscapes (including forest studies) to determine the impact of clear-cutting on
    waterfowl-habitat use

Lochaber Bay, Quebec/©Ducks Unlimited Canada


Between 1987 and 2009, $92.1 million has been invested in QC-EHJV programs to conserve wetland and upland habitat and increase wildlife productivity at NAWMP priority sites.

Wetland Policy

The Quebec Wetland Policy is currently being developed as per Bill 71 below:

In 2006, Quebec’s Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks (MDDEP) produced compensation guidelines for all those who develop wetland areas. In 2012, the legality of the guidelines was challenged in a court decision and therefore Bill 71 was adopted giving MDDEP the option to require compensatory mitigation for projects in wetlands and water courses. Bill 71 also legalises all previous compensation projects that date from 2006 to March 2012. Article 5 of Bill 71 gives the Quebec Government until April 2015 to adopt a new law for the conservation and sustainable management of wetlands and water courses.


2011-12 QC-EHJV Status Report
2010-11 QC-EHJV Status Report
2009-10 QC-EHJV Status Report
2008-09 QC-EHJV Status Report
2007-08 QC-EHJV Status Report
1987-2007 QC-EHJV Status Report
References for QC-EHJV Studies

For more information, see the EHJV Quebec Implementation and Evaluation Plan 2007 – 2012.


Catherine Poussart

Avian Wildlife Coordinator
Terrestrial and Avian Wildlife Directorate
Wildlife Habitat Branch
Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs
(Québec’s Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks)

Pierre Aquin

Specialist, Habitat Conservation
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Canadian Wildlife Service
Québec Region

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