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e-4281

Petition to the Government of Canada

Whereas:
  • The government has committed to halting and reversing nature loss by 2030;
  • Migratory birds provide vital biodiversity services and are protected under federal law;
  • Collisions with windows on buildings, transportation shelters and glass railings represent a major source of bird mortality and threat to bird Species at Risk in Canada;
  • The extent of bird-window collisions is growing with new building construction and spans across municipal and provincial jurisdictions;
  • Bird-window collisions can be prevented at new buildings, as well as existing buildings, by adopting bird friendly building design standards for construction and retrofits;
  • Incorporating bird friendly design measures in new buildings typically represents minimal added expense relative to construction costs;
  • The Canadian Standards Association CSA A460:19 Bird-Friendly Building Design standard provides a comprehensive, scientific framework that is already practiced by architects, industry and municipalities; and
  • The next scheduled update to the National Building Code of Canada will include new environmental provisions and will harmonize various Provincial Building Codes.
We, the undersigned, residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:
1. Incorporate the CSA A460:19 Bird-Friendly Building Design standard into the National Building Code of Canada to require bird friendly design in all new building construction; and
2. Explain the government’s plan to address bird mortality caused by collisions with building windows.

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