This consultation closes at 11:59 p.m. on:
December 16, 2020
We want to renew the provincial trapline allocation policy to improve consistency and transparency in how registered traplines are allocated to licensed trappers throughout Ontario.
The management of furbearers on Crown land is regulated through the licensing of head trappers for Registered Trapline Areas (registered traplines). Ontario’s trapline allocation policy provides provincial guidance for the consistent and fair allocation of registered traplines to support sustainable furbearer management.
The existing trapline allocation policy describes a series of steps to be followed in trapline allocation decision making. The existing policy recognizes that there are Aboriginal and treaty rights to engage in trapping activities and provides for priority allocation to Indigenous trappers with a documented historic family connection to a trapline. The existing policy also identifies a process to allow current head trappers to recommend a successor trapper and provides scoring criteria to evaluate applicants during open competitions for available traplines.
We are proposing to renew the trapline allocation policy to address known issues and concerns to improve consistency in implementation and to reduce barriers for trappers. Specifically, the proposed revisions to the trapline allocation policy will:
- Improve implementation with clear and consistent direction that enables family members to switch head trapper designation on a trapline under certain circumstances.
- Reduce barriers for trappers by shifting the vacant trapline notification period to occur when training is commonly available and provide a consistent process for identifying Indigenous community traplines, and to further reduce barriers by filling a gap in policy direction to ensure inclusive recognition of First Nations and Métis.
- Fill a gap in policy direction by providing appropriate guidance for authorizing trapping on other Crown land areas (outside of registered traplines).
These changes aim to address the range of issues and concerns expressed by trappers, Indigenous organizations and communities, and trapping stakeholder groups.
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