Ontario’s Wynne Government declares it is ‘Protecting Endangered and Threatened Species’

“Our government understands how important it is to conserve and restore our natural ecosystems and biodiversity.”                     – Ontario’s Kathryn McGarry, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry

Province Investing in 105 Projects to Help At-Risk Plants and Animals

A News Release from the Ontario Government of Premier Kathleen Wynne

Posted April 10th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Sandy Annunziata, a Niagara regional councillor for Fort Erie and now chair of the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority, with Ontario Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry Kathryn McGarry in this file photo. The NPCA has approached the Ontario government to try a scheme called “biodiversity offsetting” to replace wetlands by growing new ones to make way for urban development in areas where wetlands exist.

Ontario is protecting species at risk and promoting their recovery by investing to create and rehabilitate habitats, conduct research on recovery efforts and threats and educate youth about at-risk plants and animals in their area.

Now in its eleventh year, the Species at Risk Stewardship Program helps find solutions to problems such as reversing the decline of pollinators in Ontario, preventing the spread of White Nose Syndrome among bat populations and determining what kind of artificial habitats can be installed to host barn swallow.

105 projects are receiving support this year. Work includes:

  • Using science to monitor and conserve endangered bats in Ontario
  • Protecting and restoring rare oak savanna habitat for multiple species at risk at St. Williams Conservation Reserve
  • Recovering wood turtle populations in Huron County
  • Creating habitat for 22 species at risk in and around the Sydenham River
  • Enhancing the genetic diversity of the American chestnut tree and expanding seed colonies to continue to bring back this iconic tree.
  • Investing in the conservation and protection of biodiversity in Ontario is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.


Ontario is investing approximately $4.5 million in the 2017–18 Species at Risk Stewardship Program to support 53 new stewardship projects and 15 new research projects. Another 37 stewardship and research projects that began in previous years are receiving continued support.

Over the last 10 years, the Species at Risk Stewardship Program has funded more than 968 research and stewardship projects across Ontario, helping to restore 33,500 hectares of habitat for species at risk while creating 2,600 jobs and involving 28,000 volunteers.

This year’s projects focus on badgers, bats, birds, fish, insects, plants, pollinators, snakes, turtles and wolverines, and various habitats.

The Species at Risk Stewardship Program invites applications each fall from Indigenous communities and organizations, academic institutions, Conservation Authorities, individuals, businesses, consulting companies and industry organizations, landowners and farmers, municipal and local governments, and non-governmental organizations.


Community projects supported in 2017–18

Species at Risk in Ontario

How species at risk are protected


“Our government understands how important it is to conserve and restore our natural ecosystems and biodiversity. We do this by supporting communities and organizations who are championing these important causes across the province. I am always struck by the dedication of Ontarians who take part in actively helping to protect and recover species at risk.”  — Kathryn McGarry, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, second from left, joins Niagara Falls, Ontario Mayor Jim Diodati, at table second from right, and China government-based investors in signing ‘memorandum of understanding’ in fall of 2015 for urban development project in Thundering Waters Forest in Niagara. The controversial project is still under review.

“The Schad Gallery of Biodiversity at the Royal Ontario Museum opened in 2009 and was one of the original recipients of the Species at Risk Stewardship Fund. These funds helped promote conservation awareness and were a catalyst for advancing the ROM’s internationally-recognized research. Congratulations on this important 10-year milestone and for the positive impact that the Stewardship Program has had conserving our biodiversity.”  — Dave Ireland, Managing Director, Biodiversity, Royal Ontario Museum

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2 responses to “Ontario’s Wynne Government declares it is ‘Protecting Endangered and Threatened Species’

  1. I will believe the Wynne Government is concerned about the environment when it exercises its power to overrule the (soon to be) OMB support for the NPCA recommendation to expand urban development project in Thundering Waters Forest. Man cannot duplicate within a short period what nature has taken hundreds of years to create. Wynne talks a good game but listens to the money people rather than the people who elected her to power.


  2. This is why the board of directors has to have some knowledge of biology.
    At the least they should listen to some of the biologists that did presentations at NPCA meetings.


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