Amendment of Ontario Regulation 230/08 (Species at Risk in Ontario List) in response to COSSARO report received October 24, 2012
Regulation - Other
Bill or Act:
Endangered Species Act, 2007
Summary of Decision:
The purpose of this posting is to provide general notice to the public that amendments will be made to Ontario Regulation 230/08 (Species at Risk in Ontario List) in response to a report received by the Minister of Natural Resources from the Committee on the Status of Species at Risk in Ontario (COSSARO) on October 24, 2012. These changes to the Species at Risk in Ontario (SARO) List are mandatory and are consistent with the Endangered Species Act, 2007.
Summary of Proposal:
On October 24, 2012 the Minister of Natural Resources received a report from COSSARO [ http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/stdprodconsume/groups/lr/@mnr/@species/documents/research/stdprod_101811.pdf ]. The Ministry of Natural Resources will proceed with the corresponding amendments to Ontario Regulation 230/08 by January 24, 2013. These amendments will result in the addition of 2 new Endangered species to the SARO List (Little Brown Myotis (also known as Little Brown Bat) and Northern Myotis (also known as Northern Long-eared Bat), 1 new Extirpated species to the SARO List (American Burying Beetle), 1 new Special Concern species to the SARO List (Silver Lamprey (Great Lakes-Upper St. Lawrence River population), the change of 1 species on the SARO List from Special Concern to Endangered (Yellow-breasted Chat), the change of 2 species on the SARO List from Special Concern to Threatened (Pugnose Minnow and Silver Chub), the change of 1 species on the SARO List from Threatened to Special Concern (Peregrine Falcon), and the removal of 1 species from the SARO List from Special Concern to Not at Risk (Hooded Warbler).
COSSARO also reviewed the status of 11 species whose classification on the SARO List will not change (Northern Dusky Salamander, Blackstripe Topminnow, Northern Madtom, Snuffbox, Incurved Grizzled Moss, Blue Racer, Bluehearts, False Hop Sedge, Heart-leaved Plantain, Hoary Mountain-mint, Large Whorled Pogonia).
Three species are assessed as Data Deficient (Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Chestnut Lamprey (Great Lakes-Upper St. Lawrence River and Northwestern Ontario populations), and Silver Lamprey (Northwestern Ontario population). The scientific names of Canada Warbler, Cerulean Warbler and Kirtland's Warbler will change as a result of the amendment to the SARO List.
In accordance with the provisions of the ESA, the species and habitat of species newly listed as or changed to Endangered or Threatened is automatically protected once the amended regulation is filed.
In addition, the ESA requires the preparation of recovery strategies within one or two years depending on whether the species is listed as Endangered or Threatened. Once a recovery strategy is finalized a Government Response is required to be completed within 9 months. Habitat regulations must be prepared within two and three years respectively for Endangered or Threatened species.
For the species changed to Extirpated, the preparation of a strategy may be required if the Minister is of the opinion that reintroduction of the species into Ontario is feasible.
For the species listed as Special Concern, the listing requires the completion a management plan within 5 years, unless a federal recovery strategy or management plan is required to be prepared under the Species at Risk Act (Canada).
January 24, 2013