Endangered Species


The continued presence of endangered species on Ontario farms is a testament to farmer’s preservation of habitats on their farms. Provincial policies and programs must recognize and build upon that reality. To attempt to ensure the continued presence of endangered species on Ontario farms solely through enforcement and penalties would be sheer folly.

Ontario farmers support the principle of protecting and recovering Ontario’s species at risk. However, since the protection and recovery of Ontario’s species at risk is a broad, public goal, providing broad public but not private benefits. Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) believes that any financial costs associated with achieving that goal should be bourne by the public at large; not by the individual farmers and other rural property owners.

For many of the species currently on Ontario’s Species at Risk in Ontario (SARO) list, as well as for many of the species yet to be added to the SARO list, habitat loss is a key factor in their endangered or threatened status. The creation of new habitat, or the restoration of compromised habitat, should be a benefit to listed species.

When Ontario’s new species at risk act, the Endangered Species Act, 2007, came into effect June 30, 2008, a number of species that had been listed under the old Act as either endangered or threatened were brought into the new Act.

Submissions & Correspondence

OFA submission on the Development of the Safe Harbour Policy under the Endangered Species Act, 2007
(January 18, 2017)

OFA submission on Bobolink Exemption
(October 21, 2015)

OFA submission on GRS for Bobolink and Eastern Meadowlark
(October 21, 2015)

Letter to Ms. Krista Adams regarding Endangered Species Act
(January 24, 2013)

EBR 011-5372 Regarding Endangered Species Act – Eastern Meadowlark
(February 2, 2012)

Additional Information

Endangered Species Act: Transition species to receive habitat protetction June 30, 2013
(May 22, 2013)


Endangered no more: modernizing regulations
(June 7, 2013 - Wildlife & Wildlife Damage, Endangered Species)

Connecting with cabinet is first order of business
(June 26, 2014 - Wildlife & Wildlife Damage, Endangered Species, Natural Gas Infrastructure, Food Literacy)

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