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Sable Island Regulations (C.R.C., c. 1465)

Regulations are current to 2024-06-19 and last amended on 2007-07-01. Previous Versions

Sable Island Regulations

C.R.C., c. 1465


Sable Island Regulations

 [Repealed, SOR/2005-326, s. 4]


 In these Regulations,


Act means the Canada Shipping Act;


Agent means the District Marine Agent of the Department of Transport at Dartmouth, Nova Scotia;


Island means Sable Island;


Minister means the Minister of Transport.

  • SOR/2005-326, s. 5(F)


 The Island is under the control, management and administration of the Agent.

Access to Island

  •  (1) No person shall go onto the Island without having first obtained written permission from the Agent.

  • (2) Subsection (1) does not apply to

    • (a) any person to whom the Minister has given a licence to reside on the Island;

    • (b) any employee of the Government of Canada carrying out duties on the Island; or

    • (c) any person landing on the Island by reason of stress of weather or by reason of the wreck or distress of any vessel or aircraft.

  • (3) The Agent shall not give permission for any person to go onto the Island unless he is satisfied that such person is adequately supplied and equipped to avoid falling into distress while on the Island.


 No person shall, without having first obtained written permission from the Agent,

  • (a) erect any building or other structure on the Island or in the waters within one mile thereof;

  • (b) make any excavation or roadway or otherwise disturb the natural contours of the surface of the Island or of the bars or coasts thereof;

  • (c) use any explosive on the Island or in the waters within one mile thereof; or

  • (d) molest, interfere with, feed or otherwise have anything to do with the ponies on the Island.


 Any person who finds a wreck on the Island shall take all practicable precautions to save it from damage and shall report the finding to the Agent or to any person designated by the Agent before delivering the wreck to a receiver of wrecks.


 Every person who violates any provision of these Regulations is guilty of an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding $200 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two months, or to both.

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