Finalizing seven recovery strategies for nine species at risk and initiating engagement on species-specific polices (government response statements)

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Endangered Species Act , R.S.O. 2007
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Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
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We finalized seven recovery strategies for nine species at risk in Ontario. We are starting engagement on species-specific policies (government response statements) through surveys that close January 6, 2020.

Why consultation isn't required

Recovery strategies prepared under the Endangered Species Act, 2007 are science advice to government. They are not required to be posted on the Environmental Registry for public comment. However, this posting provides:

  • increased transparency on the scientific advice to government provided in the recovery strategies
  • an opportunity for early input into the development of government response statements

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Species at risk in Ontario

Ontario is committed to protecting and recovering our province’s species at risk and their habitats, as outlined in our draft Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan to protect our air, land and water, address litter and waste, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and help communities and families prepare for climate change.

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

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

Once recovery strategies are finalized, we develop a government response statement for each recovery strategy. Each government response statement is a species-specific policy that includes:

  • the provincial goal for the recovery of the species
  • a summary of the prioritized actions we intend to lead and support in response to the associated recovery strategy

Finalized recovery strategies

We finalized seven recovery strategies for the following nine species:

Early engagement on government response statements

We invite you to review the advice in the final recovery strategies and provide early input to inform draft government response statements. Between December 5, 2019 and January 6, 2020, you can complete these surveys or email us at with your input.

We will use your feedback, along with the recovery strategies, to develop draft government response statements. We anticipate posting the draft government response statements on the Environmental Registry for consultation in spring 2020.

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Species at Risk Branch

300 Water Street
5th Floor, North tower
Peterborough, ON
K9J 8M5

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