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COSEWIC: special reports

A list of selected Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) documents. All documents are available upon request by contacting the COSEWIC secretariat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Emergency assessment

Special reports

  • Designatable units for Beluga Whales (Delphinapterus leucas) in Canada (2016). (Printable Version - PDF)
  • COSEWIC special report on the list of prioritized crustaceans and related groups at risk in Canada (2012) Preamble, Special Report
  • COSEWIC special report on the list of prioritized Coccinelidae and related groups at risk in Canada (2012)
  • Designatable units for Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) in Canada (2011)
    At the November 2011 wildlife species assessment meeting, COSEWIC voted to adopt 12 designatable units (DU) for Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) in Canada. COSEWIC will begin the process of assessing all DUs in 2012. (Printable Version - PDF)
  • COSEWIC executive summary designatable units at an appropriate scale for the Lake Whitefish (2009) Executive Summary, Special Report
  • Assessing marine fish species: relating approaches based on reference points with approaches based on risk-of-extinction criteria, Ottawa, ON, March 20-22, 2007
    Proceedings 2007/024 is now available on the Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat website under publications, as well as on the science advisory schedule.
  • Report on the marine fish workshop and recommendations for COSEWIC (Printable Version - PDF)

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

Latest News

COSEWIC press release: May 2019

ST. JOHN'S, May 6, 2019 /CNW/ - Canada's marine protected areas are more important than ever. The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) has just assessed three whales, including two of the world's largest, as under threat in Canadian waters.


Assessment results (May 2019 COSEWIC wildlife species assessment meeting)

Twice per year, Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) meets to discuss and evaluate the status of Canadian wildlife species. Here you will find the List of Wildlife Species scheduled for the next COSEWIC Wildlife Species Assessment Meeting, the results of wildlife species assessment meeting, and the updated COSEWIC Canadian Wildlife Species at Risk Publication.