Developing Prevention and Response Plans for European water chestnut and water soldier under the Invasive Species Act, 2015

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Invasive Species Act, 2015
Posted by
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Notice stage
Proposal posted
Comment period
February 13, 2020 - April 14, 2020 (61 days) Open
Last updated

This consultation closes at 11:59 p.m. on:
April 14, 2020

Proposal summary

We are proposing Prevention and Response Plans for European water chestnut and water soldier which are prohibited invasive species under Ontario’s Invasive Species Act, 2015. The Prevention and Response Plans will support monitoring, controlling, and eradication of these invasive plants.

Proposal details

The Invasive Species Act, 2015 and first suite of regulations came into force on November 3, 2016. The Act gives Ontario tools to prevent, detect, and manage invasive species in the province.

European water chestnut and water soldier are established in several locations in southern Ontario and were regulated under the Act to prevent their further spread or introduction to new areas of Ontario and the Great Lakes.

As Prohibited Invasive Species, it is illegal to import, possess, deposit, release, transport, breed/grow, buy, sell, lease or trade European water chestnut or water soldier in Ontario. We have prepared draft Prevention and Response Plans to allow management and eradication activities, which would otherwise be prohibited by regulation under the Invasive Species Act.

The proposed Prevention and Response Plans for European water chestnut and water soldier identifies persons or groups of persons who are authorized to implement the plan and undertake these beneficial actions. The plan sets out the types of activities for which the plan applies and describes the conditions under which these persons will be permitted to possess, transport, and deposit European water chestnut and water soldier in Ontario.

Individuals acting in accordance with the plan when carrying out activities to monitor, control or eradicate European water chestnut or water soldier in Ontario and to prevent their further spread, may proceed without the need for individual authorizations under the Act.

The Prevention and Response Plans for these species will help ensure individuals who are undertaking monitoring, control, and eradication activities do not further spread or introduce these species to new areas.

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MNRF - Biodiversity Section

300 Water Street
5th Floor, North tower
Peterborough, ON
K9J 3C7

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