OFA welcomes this opportunity to present its perspective on Ontario’s Endangered Species Act, 2007. OFA was an active participant in the consultations leading up to the passing of the Endangered Species Act in 2007, as well as commenting on numerous Endangered Species Act-related postings. For many Ontario farmers it is an every-day reality that the habitats of many endangered, threatened and special concern species are on and around their farms. While from our perspective, the presence of listed species on and around farms should be applauded as testament to the suitability of agricultural land as habitat for many endangered, threatened and special concern species, some may view every-day agricultural actives as a threat and argue for onerous species and habitat protection provisions, provisions that would severely constrain the ability of farmers to continue to produce safe, affordable, local food. In most cases, farmers are not compensated for the broad range of environmental and ecological goods and services they provide to Ontarians. The presence of listed species on and around farms should be acknowledged as a societal benefit, and the consequences and costs should be borne by all Ontarians.