Environment Canada says that despite lots of talk on preserving caribou habitat little has been done.
A report from the agency says not much has changed since a survey in April found significant gaps in protecting the threatened species from coast to coast.
The report does list dozens of ongoing negotiations, draft plans and provincial promises to restore caribou populations to sustainable levels.
But it concludes problems first outlined nine months ago persist.
Chief among those is that provincial agencies that license development on caribou habitat aren’t required to follow federal environmental laws.
Environmental groups say that sooner or later federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna will have to step in with emergency protection orders for some of the vanishing herds.
They also say the report shows few new areas to protect caribou have been created.
The Canadian Press