Development of government response statements for five species at risk under the Endangered Species Act, 2007

ERO number
013-3605
Notice type
Policy
Act
Endangered Species Act , R.S.O. 2007
Posted by
Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
Notice stage
Decision Updated
Decision posted
Comment period
August 21, 2018 - October 5, 2018 (45 days) Closed

Update Announcement

On June 29, 2018, the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks assumed responsibility for the Endangered Species Act, 2007. The act was formerly the responsibility of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

December 21, 2018

This consultation was open from:
August 21, 2018
to October 5, 2018

Decision summary

We finalized species-specific policies (government response statements) outlining the actions we intend to lead and support to protect and recover five species at risk in Ontario: Blue Ash, Gypsy Cuckoo Bumble Bee, Kentucky Coffee-tree, Massasauga (Carolinian population) and Massasauga (Great Lakes – St. Lawrence population).

Decision details

We finalized the government response statements:

We made minor modifications to the proposed versions to improve clarity and better describe the intent of specific actions and goals. The changes were made based on input received through public consultation, and from provincial ministries and the federal government.

Comments received

Through the registry

85

By email

4

By mail

1
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Effects of consultation

The majority of the comments we received expressed support for the Massasauga Government Response Statement and highlighted the need for population management actions (e.g., augmentation) to support recovery of the Carolinian population.

Additional comments suggested clarifying the importance or intent of specific actions and the leadership of those actions and provided recommendations on how actions and information from the recovery strategies should be included in the government response statements.

In response to comments received, we made the following revisions to the government response statements:

  • provided further introductory contextual information;
  • updated recovery goals to more accurately reflect our intent; and,
  • revised, added or amalgamated some actions to better reflect the intent of the protection and recovery actions.

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Species Conservation Policy Branch
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300 Water Street
Floor 5N
Peterborough, ON
K9J 3C7
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Original proposal

ERO number
013-3605
Notice type
Policy
Act
Endangered Species Act , R.S.O. 2007
Posted by
Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
Proposal posted

Comment period

August 21, 2018 - October 5, 2018 (45 days)

Proposal details

Description of Policy

The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) is proposing government response statements in relation to recovery strategies for the following five species:

  • Blue Ash
  • Gypsy Cuckoo Bumble Bee
  • Kentucky Coffee-tree
  • Massasauga (Carolinian population)
  • Massasauga (Great Lakes – St. Lawrence population)

Recovery strategies consistent with the requirements of Section 11 of the Endangered Species Act, 2007 were finalized for these species on December 13, 2017 (Blue Ash, Gypsy Cuckoo Bumble Bee, Kentucky-coffee Tree) and June 2, 2016 (Massasauga (Carolinian population) and Massasauga (Great Lakes – St. Lawrence population)) and are available on Ontario’s Species at Risk website (links are provided below under Other Relevant Information).

The finalizations of these recovery strategies triggers the requirement to develop a government response statement in relation to each recovery strategy. Each government response statement will provide the government’s goal for the recovery of the species and a summary of the prioritized actions the Government of Ontario intends to take in response to the associated recovery strategy.

When the recovery strategies were finalized, Environmental Registry #013-1865 (Blue Ash, Gypsy Cuckoo Bumble Bee and Kentucky-coffee Tree) and #012-7567 (Massasauga (Carolinian population) and Massasauga (Great Lakes – St. Lawrence population)) invited the public to review the final recovery strategies and submit comments through the Environmental Registry, as well as through an online survey, about the goals and actions the Government of Ontario should consider in the development of government response statements. These comments and the recommendations contained within the recovery strategies were considered in the development of the proposed government response statements.

 

Purpose of Policy

The proposed policies (government response statements) provide species-specific direction on the actions the government intends to lead and support in the protection and recovery of five species at risk in Ontario (Blue Ash, Gypsy Cuckoo Bumble Bee, Kentucky-coffee Tree, Massasauga (Carolinian population) and Massasauga (Great Lakes – St. Lawrence population). The purpose of this notice is to inform the public that draft government response statements have been prepared and to seek feedback on the draft documents. Comments will be considered in finalizing the government response statements. Please reference Environmental Registry number 013-3605 in your comments.

 

Other Information

Proposed Government Response Statements:

Ontario recovery strategies:

 

Ontario Species at Risk website: https://www.ontario.ca/page/species-risk

The Endangered Species Act, 2007: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/07e06

Supporting materials

View materials in person

Some supporting materials may not be available online. If this is the case, you can request to view the materials in person.

Get in touch with the office listed below to find out if materials are available.

Species Conservation Policy Branch
Address

300 Water Street
Floor 5N
Peterborough, ON
K9J 3C7
Canada

Office phone number

Comment

Commenting is now closed.

This consultation was open from August 21, 2018
to October 5, 2018

Connect with us

Contact

Megan McAndrew

Phone number
Office
Species Conservation Policy Branch
Address

300 Water Street
Floor 5N
Peterborough, ON
K9J 3C7
Canada

Office phone number