Polar Bear Administrative Committee (PBAC)

As a steward of one of the world's most intriguing and iconic animals, Canada has a very important role to play in polar bear conservation. A number of complex and dynamic social and environmental factors necessitate a well-coordinated approach to managing the species, of which over 60% resides in Canada.

The Polar Bear Administrative Committee (PBAC) is comprised of federal government representatives and representatives from Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, Manitoba, Nunavut, Yukon and the Northwest Territories. The PBAC provides a forum for the collaborative management of polar bear populations by relevant jurisdictions in Canada to ensure that Canada fulfils all obligations for polar bear conservation, including obligations under the International Agreement on the Conservation of Polar Bears and Their Habitat.

Never before has there been as much attention and interest in the species. This website is designed to educate and inform about polar bear management, and the role of the PBAC in the conservation and protection of this key wildlife species in Canada.


Representatives from Canada will be attending the CITES (Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species) meetings taking place in Doha, Qatar in March 2010.

Current facts on polar bears Current facts on management and international trade of polar bears from Canada. Polar Bears in Canada Information on polar bears in Canada.

For further information on the Conference of the Parties, visit the CITES website.

Bear Essentials

There are about 25,000 polar bears worldwide, and about 15,000 of them (over two-thirds of the world population) range in northern Canada.