Ontario Taking Steps to Improve the Endangered Species Act

Government Launches Public Consultation

January 20, 2019

OAKVILLE NORTH-BURLINGTON – Effie Triantafilopoulos MPP announced today that Ontario’s Government for the People is consulting on the Endangered Species Act to reaffirm its commitment to protecting species at risk and their habitats. The Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks placed a discussion paper on the province’s Environmental Registry, which the public can comment on until March 4, 2019. The listing is at ero.ontario.ca under ERO number 013-4143.

Reaffirming our commitment to the Endangered Species Act is part of the government’s made-in-Ontario environment plan to protect our air, land and water, prevent and reduce litter and waste, support Ontarians to continue to do their share to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and help communities and families increase their resilience to climate change. The plan will help protect the Ontario we know and love, ensuring that its pristine beauties and strong communities can be enjoyed now and in the future.

Quote from Effie Triantafilopoulos MPP

“I am pleased that residents have been asked to provide comments and advice to the government on ways to improve the Endangered Species Act. This is an important part of our government’s made-in-Ontario environment plan.”

Quick Facts

  • 2018 marked the 10th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act in Ontario.
  • Ontario is home to more than 30,000 species of plants, insects, fish and wildlife.
  • 243 species are listed on the Species at Risk in Ontario List.

Provincially-funded projects have contributed to the restoration of approximately 48,950 hectares of habitat for species at risk