Bird Collisions with Commercial Real Estate

Issue

Bird fatalities as a result of colliding with buildings are an issue that environmental groups, academics, and the commercial real estate industry have been aware of, but have not fully understood until recently. As an industry, we recognize that there are two aspects to the problem: bird deaths as a result of day time collisions and collisions that occur during the night time. Given this information, two sets of approaches must be explored; what to do with existing buildings, and what to do with the building code or municipal bylaws regarding future buildings.

Position

The commercial real estate industry is committed to proactively pursuing solutions to reduce the impact of its existing stock of buildings and new construction on migratory birds. As a result, the industry is working together to call on government to work as a partner with the private sector through the following initiatives:
 
• A federally led inquiry in collaboration with experts in the field and the private sector that focuses on ‘cause and solution’ research and development of the most cost efficient, feasible, and effective products to deter birds from striking commercial buildings; and,
• A federally funded voluntary grant program that would help offset the cost associated with purchase and installation of bird deterrent products for the exterior of existing buildings as well as new construction.

Previous Government Submissions

 

Contact

For more information on this issue, or any of REALpac's government relations initiatives, please contact Carolyn Lane, VP, Membership & Communications, clane@realpac.ca, 416-642-2700 x.223.

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