Developing government response statements for six species at risk under the Endangered Species Act, 2007

ERO number
013-3761
Notice type
Policy
Act
Endangered Species Act , R.S.O. 2007
Posted by
Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
Notice stage
Decision
Decision posted
Comment period
November 8, 2018 - December 23, 2018 (45 days) Closed

This consultation was open from:
November 8, 2018
to December 23, 2018

Decision summary

We finalized species-specific policies (government response statements) outlining the actions we intend to lead and support to protect and recover six species at risk in Ontario: four salamander species (Jefferson, Small-mouthed and two dependent Unisexual Ambystoma species), Nine-spotted Lady Beetle and River Darter.

Decision details

We finalized the government response statements for:

Changes to government response statements

We made minor modifications to the proposed versions to:

  • improve clarity
  • better describe the intent or importance of specific actions

We made these changes based on input received from:

  • public consultation
  • provincial ministries
  • the federal government

The combined government response statement for Jefferson Salamander and Unisexual Ambystoma (Jefferson Salamander dependent population) builds on and replaces the previous government response statement for Jefferson Salamander (2010).

The combined government response statement for Small-mouthed Salamander and Unisexual Ambystoma (Small-mouthed Salamander dependent population) is an update to a government response statement previously finalized for Blue Racer, Lake Erie Watersnake and Small-mouthed Salamander (2017).

Comments received

Through the registry

4

By email

3

By mail

0
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Effects of consultation

The majority of comments provided recommendations on characterizing approaches to recovery and describing biological information on the species. Comments expressed support for continued protection of these species and suggested clarifying the importance or intent of specific actions for individual species.

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

  • provided further introductory contextual information
  • revised 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
Canada

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Peterborough ON K9J 3C7
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Original proposal

ERO number
013-3761
Notice type
Policy
Act
Endangered Species Act , R.S.O. 2007
Posted by
Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
Proposal posted

Comment period

November 8, 2018 - December 23, 2018 (45 days)

Proposal details

Description of Policy

Species at risk in Ontario

In Ontario, once a species is listed as endangered or threatened, there is a process for gathering information and developing policy guidance to support each species.

We first engage external individuals and organizations with expertise on the species to write recovery strategies. These documents form the foundation of scientific advice and can include knowledge from the public, stakeholders and Indigenous communities and organizations.

Once recovery strategies are finalized, we have to develop a government response statement for each recovery strategy. Each government response statement is a species-specific policy that provides our goal for the recovery of the species and a summary of the prioritized actions we intend to lead and support in response to the associated recovery strategy.

Learn more about species at risk in Ontario.

Proposed government response statements

We are proposing government response statements in relation to recovery strategies for the following six species:

The combined government response statement for Jefferson Salamander and Unisexual Ambystoma (Jefferson Salamander dependent population) builds on and replaces the existing government response statement for Jefferson Salamander (2010).

The combined government response statement for Small-mouthed Salamander and Unisexual Ambystoma (Small-mouthed Salamander dependent population) is an update to a government response statement previously finalized for Blue Racer, Lake Erie Watersnake and Small-mouthed Salamander (2017). We are amending the original government response and consulting on the amendments related to Small-mouthed Salamander and Unisexual Ambystoma (Small-mouthed Salamander dependent population).

The recovery strategies for all six species were finalized on May 30, 2018, and are available on Ontario’s Species at Risk website.

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 six species at risk in Ontario (Jefferson Salamander, Nine-spotted Lady Beetle, River Darter, Unisexual Ambystoma (Jefferson Salamander dependent population) and Unisexual Ambystoma (Small-mouthed Salamander dependent 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 013-3761 in your comments.

Other Information

Ontario Recovery Strategies:

Ontario Species at Risk website

Endangered Species Act, 2007

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 November 8, 2018
to December 23, 2018

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Contact

Megan McAndrew

Phone number
Office
Species Conservation Policy Branch
Address

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

Office phone number