In 2014, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) was given a mandate to work with other ministries, municipalities and partners to review Ontario’s broad wetland conservation framework and identify opportunities to strengthen policies and stop the net loss of wetlands. To achieve this mandate, in the future, the MNRF will develop a Strategic Plan for Ontario Wetlands that will identify a provincial vision, goals and objectives for wetlands in Ontario and set out a series of actions that the government will undertake over the next 10 to 15 years to improve wetland conservation across the province.
This discussion paper is meant to provide an overview of wetlands in Ontario and a summary of policies, programs and partnerships that form Ontario’s current wetland conservation framework. The paper will also present information on what others are doing and suggest priority areas on which the government could focus. The purpose of this paper is to provide information in order to stimulate ideas that will help inform the government on future actions that could be included within a Strategic Plan for Wetlands in Ontario.