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.