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Regulation Decision Notice:   EBR Registry Number:   010-0102
Title:
To Make Regulations under the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act
 
Ministry:
Ministry of Natural Resources
Date Decision loaded to the Registry:
September 04, 2007
Date Proposal loaded to the Registry:
April 03, 2007
 
 

The following web-links provide the supporting information about this notice:

 
Keyword(s):   Compliance  |  Protected Areas
 
Decision on Regulation:

A decision was made on June 15, 2007 to proceed with the proposal as described, subject to changes made below as a result of public consultation and review within the Ministry of Natural Resources. The proposal was implemented as:

  • O. Reg. 315/07 (Designation of Conservation Reserves) filed with the Registrar of Regulations on July 4, 2007and published in the Ontario Gazette on July 21, 2007 
  • O. Reg. 316/07 (Designation of Provincial Parks) filed with the Registrar of Regulations on July 4, 2007and published in the Ontario Gazette on July 21, 2007 
  • O. Reg. 319/07 (Conservation Reserves: General Provisions) filed with the Registrar of Regulations on July 4, 2007and published in the Ontario Gazette on July 21, 2007 
  • O. Reg. 347/07 (Provincial Parks: General Provisions) filed with the Registrar of Regulations on July 9, 2007and published in the Ontario Gazette on July 28, 2007 
  • O. Reg. 344/07 (Fees for non-resident camping in conservation reserves) filed with the Registrar of Regulations on July 9, 2007and published in the Ontario Gazette on July 28, 2007 
  • O. Reg. 345/07 (Work Permits) filed with the Registrar of Regulations on July 9, 2007and published in the Ontario Gazette on July 28, 2007 
  • O. Reg. 346/07 (Mechanized Travel in Wilderness Parks) filed with the Registrar of Regulations on July 9, 2007and published in the Ontario Gazette on July 28, 2007

Comment(s) Received on the Proposal:   115

Public Consultation on the proposal for this decision was provided for 30 Days, from April 03, 2007 to May 03, 2007.

As a result of public consultation on the proposal, the Ministry received a total of 115 comments: 96 comments were received in writing and 19 were received online.

Additionally, a copy of all comments are available for public viewing by contacting the Contact person listed in this notice.

A selection of these comments are available:

Effect(s) of Consultation on this Decision:

A number of comments were generally supportive, but urged MNR to revise the proposed regulations to strengthen protection of provincial parks and conservation reserves. Generally these comments suggested the proposed regulations more fully recognize maintenance of ecological integrity as a guiding principle, consistent with section 3 of the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act. They also generally suggested more limitations on use of all-terrain vehicles, particularly in conservation reserves. There were suggestions that the regulations should halt logging in Algonquin Provincial Park.

Some comments expressed concern the proposed regulations could restrict hunting and fishing, or aircraft landings, and suggested revisions to address these concerns. Other comments suggested revisions to address the concerns of those providing guided canoe trips to youth groups. One comment suggested that the consultation period was inadequate and did not address sufficiently the need to consult with First Nations.

In response to comments, and the results of internal review, MNR revised four of the regulations to recognize more explicitly the priority placed on maintenance of ecological integrity. Also, a revision was made in the Provincial Parks: General Provisions regulation to clarify restrictions on possession of weapons in provincial parks. Other minor technical revisions were made, primarily to correct drafting errors or clarify intent. MNR did not propose revisions to address suggestions to make the regulations more, or less, restrictive. The regulations are consistent with longstanding policies. There would have to be broad consultation about changes in policies. MNR believes such changes should not occur through implementation of new regulations. Logging in Algonquin Provincial Park was addressed in the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act and thus MNR did not propose regulations to restrict logging in that park.

 
Contact:

Robert Moos
Strategic Planning Officer
Ministry of Natural Resources
Natural Resource Management Division
Ontario Parks
300 Water Street
Floor 6
Robinson Place
Peterborough Ontario
K9J 8M5
Phone: (705) 755-1773
Fax: (705) 755-1701