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

ERO number
Notice type
Endangered Species Act , R.S.O. 2007
Posted by
Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
Notice stage
Proposal Updated
Proposal posted
Comment period
May 29, 2020 - June 28, 2020 (30 days) Closed
Last updated

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Update Announcement

A decision for this proposal has been published as a Bulletin under ERO 019-2336 on September 8, 2020.

September 8, 2020

This consultation was open from:

May 29, 2020
to June 28, 2020

Proposal summary

The province is proposing government response statements that outline actions the government is taking and supports to protect and recover nine species at risk in Ontario: Blanding’s Turtle, Eastern Whip-poor-will, Little Brown Myotis, Northern Bobwhite, Northern Myotis, Spiny Softshell, Spotted Turtle, Tri-colored Bat and White Wood Aster.

Why consultation isn't required

On April 1, 2020, the Ontario Government made a temporary regulation to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. Ontario Regulation 115/20 exempts all proposals for policies, acts, regulations and instruments from posting requirements under the EBR until 30 days after the declared emergency is terminated.

Proposal details

Description of policy

Ontario provides stringent protections for species at risk and their habitats under the Endangered Species Act. This commitment to conserve the province’s rich biodiversity by protecting and recovering species at risk and their habitats is also part of the government’s Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan, which provides a roadmap to protecting the province’s land, air and water.

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 the protection and recovery of each species.

First, the province engages external individuals and organizations with expertise on the species to prepare recovery strategies. These documents form the foundation of scientific advice and can include knowledge from:

  • the public
  • stakeholders
  • Indigenous communities and organizations

Once recovery strategies are finalized, the province develops a government response statement for each recovery strategy. The government response statement is a species-specific policy that identifies and prioritizes the actions the government intends to lead and support to protect and recover these species.

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 nine species:

The recovery strategies for all nine species were finalized on December 5, 2019 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 the nine species at risk.

The purpose of this notice is to:

  • inform the public that draft government response statements have been prepared
  • seek feedback on the draft documents

The province will consider comments as we finalize the government response statements. Please reference Environmental Registry number 019-1749 in your comments.

Other information

Ontario Recovery Strategies:


Commenting is now closed.

The comment period was from May 29, 2020
to June 28, 2020

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Leanne Jennings

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Species at Risk Branch - Species at Risk Recovery Section

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

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