This consultation was open from:
November 20, 2023
to January 4, 2024
We are initiating a renewal of the Ontario Invasive Species Strategic Plan (2012) to address the ongoing and increasing threat of invasive species in Ontario. To support the renewal and to guide future efforts, a review of progress has been completed to highlight milestones and significant achievements in invasive species prevention and management.
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Invasive species are alien species whose introduction or spread threatens the natural environment, the economy and/or society including human health. Invasive species may include those species which are native to Ontario but have been introduced to a new geographic region due to human activity.
In 2012, the Ontario Invasive Species Strategic Plan was developed to provide provincial direction and commitments on addressing the risk of invasive species. The 2012 strategic plan is guided by overarching goals to prevent, detect, respond, manage and adapt to invasive species. It also defines several actions and tactics to achieve success and recognizes the need for coordination and collaboration within and beyond government. In Ontario, four ministries have roles in the management of invasive species: Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (lead); Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs; Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks; and, Ministry of Transportation. The 2012 strategic plan also identifies the important role of partners and key stakeholders.
The Ontario Invasive Species Strategic Plan: Review of Progress (2012-2022) highlights many milestones and significant achievements both within government and by partners that address the threat of invasive species, including implementation of the Invasive Species Act, 2015, strong partnerships with key delivery agents, and new research and management approaches. The review also identifies that while significant progress has been made, continued action is needed to address gaps and challenges. The urgency associated with invasive species protection and management is growing due to a number of factors, including increasing risks from a changing climate and biodiversity loss.
We are initiating a renewal of the Ontario Invasive Species Strategic Plan to build on the experiences of the previous 10 years with a focus on the future. A renewed strategic plan will include updated provincial direction and commitments to address the ongoing risk of invasive species in the province.
We are currently seeking input, comments and ideas to support the renewal of the Ontario Invasive Species Strategic Plan. To help focus feedback, please consider the following questions:
- What is your vision for the future of invasive species prevention and management in the province?
- What opportunities are there for the future of invasive species prevention and management in Ontario?
- Do you think there are barriers related to invasive species prevention and management in Ontario? How could these barriers be addressed
The ministry will consider all input received in response to this proposal, along with information from additional sources, to prepare a draft of the renewed strategic plan. Once available, input will be sought on the draft document through an update to this proposal.
Regulatory impact analysis
This proposal is seeking early input on renewing an existing policy. As such, there are no environmental, social, economic or administrative costs at this time.
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