OFA recommended that at least one member of the Committee on the Status of Species at Risk in Ontario (COSSARO) should have a rural/agricultural perspective. OFA also recommended Endangered Species Act amendments to require that Ontario data on population and trends be the basis for listing a species as extinct, extirpated, endangered, threatened or special concern; and to make the Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks responsible for the final decision to add or not add a species to the Species at Risk in Ontario (SARO) list. OFA also suggested reviewing the Act’s ambitious timelines. OFA further recommended that Safe Harbour provisions automatically be extended to benefit neighbouring properties, sign off by adjacent land owners/managers be required on a safe harbour application, and species which pose a likely threat to livestock and/or risk of damage to crops should not be eligible for habitat creation under a Safe Harbour Agreement.
Submissions & Correspondence
OFA submission regarding Ontario’s Endangered Species Act Review
Updated: April 4, 2019