OFA supports the principle of Safe Harbour, namely creating specialized habitats for specific species for a predetermined timeframe. After the predetermined timeframe, the habitat may be altered or disturbed on those properties providing the Safe Harbour. OFA believes that the abutting property owners should not bear the full burden of sections 9 and 10 of the Endangered Species Act, 2007 because a species relocated from a neighbouring Safe Harbour habitat property. OFA opposes the extension of Safe Harbour provisions to species identified as “special concern”, as long as abutting property owners’ concerns are not addressed. OFA also believes Safe Harbour efforts should be targeted to promote the recovery of endangered and threatened species, not species of “special concern”.
Submissions & Correspondence
OFA submission regarding the proposed Safe Harbour related amendments to the Endangered Species Act regulation
Updated: March 5, 2018