Amendment of O. Reg. 230/08 (Species at Risk in Ontario List) in response to COSSARO report received December 18, 2010

Regulation Number(s):
Ontario Regulation 230/08
Ontario Regulation 72/10
Instrument Type:
Bill or Act:
Endangered Species Act
Summary of Decision:
Amendments will be made to Ontario Regulation 230/08 (Species at Risk in Ontario List)
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
Posting Date:
October 1, 2010
Summary of Proposal:
The Endangered Species Act, 2007 (ESA) provided for the establishment of the Committee on the Status of Species at Risk in Ontario (COSSARO). COSSARO sits as an independent committee that is responsible for classifying species at risk based on established criteria. In accordance with the ESA, COSSARO may at any time submit a report to the Minister of Natural Resources regarding species that have been assessed and classified.

Where a report submitted to the Minister identifies the need to amend the SARO List, the ESA requires that the regulation (Ontario Regulation 230/08) be amended within three months.

On December 18, 2009 the Minister of Natural Resources received a report from COSSARO. The Ministry of Natural Resources will proceed with the corresponding amendments to Ontario Regulation 230/08 by March 18, 2010. These amendments will result in the addition of three new Endangered species to the SARO List, and the uplisting of one species on the SARO List from Threatened to Endangered. COSSARO also reviewed the status of four species whose classification on the SARO List will not change. One newly assessed species was separated into two populations which were classified as not at risk.

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. Habitat regulations must be prepared within two and three years respectively for Endangered or Threatened species.

Contact Address:
Chris Risley
Species at Risk Biologist
Ministry of Natural Resources
300 Water Street
Floor 4
Robinson Place South Tower
Peterborough Ontario
K9J 8M5
Royal Assent Date:
March 18, 2010