Amendment of Ontario Regulation Amendment of Ontario Regulation 242/08 (General Regulation - Endangered Species Act, 2007) in response to changes to the Species at Risk in Ontario List.
Ontario Regulation 242/08
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Endangered Species Act, 2007
Summary of Decision:
A decision was made to proceed with the proposal as described.
The proposal was implemented by an amendment to O. Reg. 242/08 (General) by O. Reg. 308/16. This regulation amendment was filed by the Registrar of Regulations on September 14, 2016 and will be published in the Ontario Gazette on October 1, 2016.
July 22, 2016
Summary of Proposal:
In Ontario, species that are listed on the Species at Risk in Ontario (SARO) List (O.Reg. 230/08) as extirpated, endangered or threatened and their habitats are protected under the Endangered Species Act, 2007 (ESA). The classifications of species on the SARO List are determined by assessments conducted by an independent, science-based body, the Committee on the Status of Species at Risk in Ontario (COSSARO).
The ESA provides mechanisms to allow activities that would otherwise be prohibited by the Act to proceed. O. Reg 242/08 contains regulatory provisions that enable specific activities to occur provided specific conditions are followed to protect species and their habitat. These activities include those such as undertaking development that was approved prior to the species being protected, early mineral exploration, and actions to protect human health and safety.
Currently, the provisions in O.Reg. 242/08 apply only to species listed on the SARO List as that list read on June 27, 2014. The SARO List has since been updated twice: once on March 31, 2015 and again on June 15, 2016, which has resulted in a number of species being classified as extirpated, threatened, or endangered (see EBR #012-7721 and #012-3629).
In addition, one of the species added to the SARO List on June 15, 2016, Algonquin Wolf, is regulated as a fur bearing mammal under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act. Algonquin Wolf is difficult to visually distinguish from some other wolf and coyote species. As the FWCA allows for the harvest of wolf and coyote species, this proposal contains specific amendments aimed at ensuring the protection of Ontario's Algonquin Wolves.
Public Input Coordinator
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Species Conservation Policy Branch
300 Water Street
P.O. Box 7000
September 14, 2016