The government signed an agreement with AB, BC, SK and YT for a coordinated regional defense against invasive species, such as zebra mussels. The initial scope of this agreement will focus on aquatic invasive species. The agreement enables increased coordination between jurisdictions in Western Canada to share resources and coordinate planning related to both prevention and response to aquatic invasive species such as:
- Pre-planning of watercraft inspection stations to maximize efforts on shared highway crossings; and
- Increased ability to connect with resources from other provinces, such as people and expertise, to assist in a rapid response in the event of any mussel detections.