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

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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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This notice is for informational purposes only. There is no requirement to consult on this initiative on the Environmental Registry of Ontario. Learn more about the types of notices on the registry.

Bulletin summary

Government response statements have been finalized outlining actions to lead and support the protection and recovery of nine species at risk in Ontario: Blanding’s Turtle, Eastern Whip-poor-will, Northern Bobwhite, Spiny Softshell, Spotted Turtle, Little Brown Myotis, Northern Myotis, 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 exempted all proposals for policies, acts, regulations and instruments from posting requirements under the EBR.

Ontario Regulation 115/20 was revoked on June 15, 2020, however, we are posting this decision as a bulletin because the proposal was posted on May 29, 2020 while Ontario Regulation 115/20 was in effect.

Although consultation was not required, the Ministry did consult with the public on this proposal by posting ERO# 019-1749 for public comment from May 29, 2020 to June 28, 2020. To ensure transparency, the Ministry is providing details of its decision and the effects of consultation on decision-making in this notice.

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Decision details

Ontario provides 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.

As required by the Act, the province has published government response statements for nine species at risk. Government response statements are species-specific policies that identify and prioritize the actions the government intends to lead and support to protect and recover these species.

These statements provide policy direction to government and partners about what should be done to recover each of these species at risk:

As a result of the input received through consultation, and from provincial ministries and the federal government, minor modifications were made to the proposed versions to:

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

Comments received

  • 11 received through the registry
  • 0 received by mail
  • 11 received by email

Comments received via the registry that were approved for publishing are available in the Bulletin supporting materials section below.

Effects of consultation

Overall, comments were supportive of the recovery goals and actions included in the GRS. The majority of comments provided recommendations on:

  • characterizing approaches to recovery
  • describing biological information on the species

Comments supported continued preservation 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 final government response statements:

  • provided further introductory contextual information
  • refined some actions to better clarify and reflect intent
  • revised some actions to better reflect their relative priority

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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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