Finalizing recovery strategies for four species at risk and initiating pre-consultation on 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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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

We finalized recovery strategies for four species at risk in Ontario. We are starting pre-consultation on government response statements through surveys. The surveys are available in this bulletin and will be open until August 11, 2023.

Why consultation isn't required

Recovery strategies prepared under the Endangered Species Act, 2007 are scientific advice to government. No policy changes are being proposed at this time and therefore public consultation is not required under the Environmental Bill of Rights. However, this posting provides:

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

Bulletin details

The Ontario government has finalized recovery strategies for:

These documents form the foundation of scientific advice to government on the protection and recovery of these species at risk.

As a next step, we are inviting you to review this advice and share your input via the survey links provided in the ‘Pre-consultation on government response statements’ section of this notice.

Species at risk in Ontario

Ontario provides protections for species at risk and their habitats under the Endangered Species Act, 2007. The government is working with stakeholders, Indigenous peoples and the public to improve the effectiveness of the species at risk program so that we can continue to help preserve Ontario’s rich biodiversity for generations to come.

When a species is listed as endangered or threatened in Ontario, 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 related to the species to write recovery strategies. Recovery strategies form the foundation of scientific advice to government and can include knowledge from:

  • the public
  • stakeholders
  • Indigenous communities
  • organizations

Once recovery strategies are finalized, the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks develops a government response statement for each species’ 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

Pre-consultation 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 July 12, 2023 and August 11, 2023, you can complete these online 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 winter 2023.

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