COSEWIC news and events

Last updated June 5, 2024

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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Upcoming events


Upcoming calls for expression of interest:

  • Species specialist subcommittee membership, fall 2025 (date to be determined)
  • COSEWIC membership, winter 2025 (date to be determined)

Upcoming calls for bids:

  • COSEWIC call for bids, fall 2024 (date to be determined)

Upcoming meetings:

  • July 9 to 11, 2024
    Terrestrial Mammals Specialist Subcommittee Annual Meeting
    Whitehorse, Yukon Territory
  • July 23 to 25, 2024
    Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge Subcommittee Meeting
    Ottawa, Ontario
  • August 13 to 15, 2024
    Birds Species Specialist Subcommittee Annual Meeting
    Ottawa, Ontario
  • August 15 to 17, 2024
    Mosses and Lichens Species Specialist Subcommittee Annual Meeting
    Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
  • August 19 to 22, 2024
    Arthropods Species Specialist Subcommittee Annual Meeting
    Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • August 25 to 26, 2024
    Vascular Plants Species Specialist Subcommittee Annual Meeting
    Calgary, Alberta
  • August 27 to 29, 2024
    Freshwater Fishes Species Specialist Subcommittee Annual Meeting
    Victoria, British Columbia
  • September 6 to 8, 2024
    Molluscs Species Specialist Subcommittee Annual Meeting
    Victoria, British Columbia
  • September 10 to 12, 2024
    Marine Fishes Species Specialist Subcommittee Annual Meeting
    Quebec City, Quebec
  • September 14 to 16, 2024
    Marine Mammals Species Specialist Subcommittee Annual Meeting
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • September 18 to 19, 2024
    Amphibians and Reptiles Species Specialist Subcommittee Annual Meeting
    Victoria, British Columbia
  • October 6 to 8, 2024
    Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge Subcommittee Meeting
    Fredericton, New Brunswick
  • COSEWIC Wildlife Species Assessment Meeting, fall 2024 (date to be determined)

Recent 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, 14th floor
Gatineau QC K1A 0H3

Email: cosewic-cosepac@ec.gc.ca