The Ontario government is undertaking a review and update of the province's species at risk legislation to provide for broader protection and recovery of species at risk and their habitats. The public was invited to participate in this review by providing comments on a series of legislative proposals developed by the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR).
This notice was first published to the Environmental Registry on May 9, 2006, for a 59-day comment period. It was republished December 21, 2006, to provide the following update:
The public commented between May 9 and July 7, 2006 on a series of legislative proposals set out in a Discussion Paper. The Minister of Natural Resources invited and received a report from an Advisory Panel of experts (the Endangered Species Act Review Advisory Panel) regarding proposed new legislation.
The Advisory Panel recommended a framework for species at risk protection and recovery based on the following three pillars:
1. Stewardship and incentives programs that could provide effective protection and recovery of species at risk and their habitat. These programs would be applied proactively to engage the agricultural community, private landowners, industry and the general public;
2. Legislation to establish an effective legal framework to protect and recover species at risk; and,
3. Policies and implementation approaches that would support the legislation to ensure its effectiveness.
When combined, these pillars would provide effective protection and recovery measures as well as the tools needed to apply the new act.
In his address to the Legislature on December 14, 2006, the Minister of Natural Resources stated the ministry's intentions to develop new legislation based on the Advisory Panel's framework.
The public is invited to submit further comments to the government contact listed below in light of the Advisory Panel's report of recommendations. The report can be found at the following link: http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/mnr/speciesatrisk/input.html
The rest of the notice has not been altered.