Under the Endangered Species Act, 2007 (ESA), recovery strategies provide recommendations on the protection and recovery of endangered and threatened species. From the time a species is added to, or has its status changed on the Species at Risk in Ontario (SARO) List, a recovery strategy is to be prepared within one year for endangered species and two years for threatened species. These time limits may be extended if the Minister is of the opinion that additional time is required because of the complexity of the issues, the desire to prepare the recovery strategy in cooperation with one or more other jurisdictions, or the desire to give priority to the preparation of recovery strategies for other species.
On June 15, 2016 the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) amended the SARO List to add Algonquin Wolf as threatened. Being listed as threatened triggered the need to prepare a recovery strategy for this species by June 15, 2018 as legislated under the ESA.
Additional time is required to prepare the recovery strategy for Algonquin Wolf due to the complexity of the issue. The draft recovery strategy was posted on the Environmental Registry for public comment on January 15, 2018. Indigenous communities, other jurisdictions and stakeholders representing a diversity of interests and divergent viewpoints continue
to express interest in the recovery strategy and opportunities to provide input. Delaying the development of the recovery strategy for this species ensures that the author has sufficient time to consider the diverse range of perspectives and viewpoints, and all the best available information including traditional ecological knowledge where it is shared by Indigenous communities, to provide the government with robust recommendations based on sound, evidence-based science. It is anticipated that the recovery strategy for Algonquin Wolf will be finalized within 18 months.
The delay in the preparation of this recovery strategy will not jeopardize the survival or recovery of Algonquin Wolf in Ontario. Algonquin Wolf currently receives species and habitat protection under sections 9 and 10 of the ESA. Implementation of actions to protect and recover species at risk may continue in the absence of a final recovery strategy. The Species at Risk Stewardship Fund also provides funding opportunities for recovery actions that will help this species and other species at risk.