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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COSEWIC May 2020 Business Meeting


Due to COVID-19, COSEWIC was not able to have its regular face-to-face meeting this spring. Instead, the committee held conference calls for three half-days from May 4-6, 2020 to discuss a range of business items, including Species Specialist Subcommittee Co-chair and Non-government Science Member nominations to the committee. A teleconference format was not suitable for assessing the status of wildlife species. Our next regularly-scheduled meeting will be November 2020, in Ottawa, where we hope to assess the status of approximately 40 wildlife species. If the pandemic prevents the committee from meeting in person, we will explore options for the use of virtual meetings to do these assessments instead. The COSEWIC status reports that are currently in progress can be found at (http://cosewic.ca/index.php/en-ca/reports/status-reports-preparation).

Upcoming events


Upcoming calls for expression of interest:

  • Species specialist subcommittee membership, fall 2020 (date to be determined)
  • COSEWIC membership, winter 2021 (date to be determined)

Upcoming calls for bids:

  • COSEWIC call for bids, fall 2020 (date to be determined)

Upcoming meetings:

  • COSEWIC Wildlife Species Assessment Meeting, fall 2020 (date to be determined)

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