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Managing DFO data under Single Window

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) will have new data requirements under Single Window. Prepare today, to ensure compliance.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) safeguards Canadian waters and manages Canada’s fisheries, oceans and freshwater resources.

The Agency enforces the following key legislation:

  • Oceans Act: DFO implements plans for the integrated management of activities affecting estuaries and coastal and marine waters. The Agency is also responsible for coast guard services and for marine science services.
  • Fisheries Act: DFO manages and controls commercial, Aboriginal and recreational fisheries, as well as aquaculture operations. Note, most inland fisheries are managed by the provinces.
  • Species at Risk Act: While this legislation is primarily overseen by Environment and Climate Change (ECCC), DFO is responsible for aquatic species at risk.
  • Coastal Fisheries Protection Act: DFO regulates access by foreign fishing vessels to Canadian ports and Canadian fisheries waters. The Agency issues licenses authorizing foreign fishing vessels to enter Canadian fisheries waters to engage in specified fisheries-related activities.
  • Canada Shipping Act, 2001: Led by Transport Canada (TC), the act sets out the Canadian Coast Guard’s responsibility for search and rescue and lighthouses, including lights, signal buoys and beacons.
  • Fishing and Recreational Harbours Act: DFO oversees the use, management and maintenance of harbors listed in Schedule I of the Act, and has the power to undertake projects and to lease scheduled harbors to any person.

For Single Window, there are three government programs that falls under DFO:

  • Trade Tracking
  • Aquatic Invasive Species
  • Aquatic Biotechnology

For information about the data element rationales for each Program, visit:

Program conditions

Conditions may apply to determine if data needs to be submitted to Fisheries and Oceans Canada for the above programs. For details about these program conditions, please refer to the info sheets below.

More information

For more information about the Programs overseen by the Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and data requirements under Single Window, refer to the ECCRD Addendum.

ECCRD Client Requirements Document
ECCRD Addendum 1.1 Oct 2019
ECCRD Addendum 2.2 Mar 2022
Regulated Commodities Criteria Tables
Import Declaration Form – Off-road CI/Large SI Engine
Import Declaration Form – Off-road CI/Large SI Replacement Engine

Trust Livingston with your DFO imports

The customs and trade experts at Livingston are here to help. With a full staff of Canadian regulatory affairs experts, we know DFO requirements in detail, and are ready to help ensure your compliance is maintained.

Livingston is committed to a seamless SWI integration process for our current customers, and we are ready to support new customers with their SWI needs, including DFO and other PGA requirements.

We endeavor to keep the information on this page up to date and correct, however some details may have changed since our last update. Content on this page was last updated on November 12, 2018.