Ontario's endangered species deserve better! Write the Premier today! Save our species!


Endangered species lose protection
The map to the left illustrates the huge impact of the proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act. Under the revised act, the Minister
of Natural Resources can now allow potentially harmful developments with a stroke of the pen across a vast area of Ontario without having to take into account the needs of endangered species or how development impacts could be lessened.

Compare this new approach to the reasonable conditions that previously existed for issuing exemptions:

a.) the Minister was of the opinion that an overall benefit to the species would be achieved within a reasonable time through requirements imposed by the instrument [permit],

b. the Minister was of the opinion that reasonable alternatives had been considered, including alternatives that would not adversely affect the species, and the best alternative was adopted, and

c. the Minister was of the opinion that reasonable steps to minimize adverse effects on individual members of the species were required by the instrument [permit].

Now the Minister does not have to give a second thought to these kinds of considerations before simply issuing a broad exemption that allows for destruction of endangered species habitat or other species impacts.

Ontario's Species at Risk — the list gets longer every year

Acadian Flycatcher
Allegheny Mountain Dusky Salamander
American Badger
American Chestnut
American Columbo
American Eel
American Ginseng
American Water-willow
American White Pelican
Aweme Borer Moth
Bald Eagle
Barn Owl
Barn Swallow
Bent spike-rush
Bird’s-foot Violet
Black Redhorse
Black Tern
Blackstripe Topminnow
Blanchard’s Cricket Frog
Blanding’s Turtle
Blue Ash
Blue Racer
Blunt-lobed Woodsia
Bogbean Buckmoth
Branched Bartonia
Bridle Shiner
Broad Beech Fern
Butler’s Gartersnake
Canada warbler
Cerulean Warbler
Channel Darter
Cherry Birch
Chimney swift
Climbing Prairie Rose
Common Five-lined Skink
Common Hoptree
Common nighthawk
Crooked-stem Aster
Cucumber Tree
Cutlip Minnow
Dense Blazing Star
Drooping Trillium
Dwarf Hackberry
Dwarf Lake Iris
Eastern Flowering Dogwood
Eastern Foxsnake (
Eastern Hog-nosed Snake
Eastern Meadowlark
Eastern Mole
Eastern Musk Turtle
Eastern Persius Duskywing
Eastern PondmusselJuniper Sedge
Karner Blue
Kentucky Coffee-tree
King Rail
Kirtland’s WarblerLake Chubsucker
Lake Erie Watersnake
Lake Sturgeon
Lakeside Daisy
Large Whorled Pogonia
Laura’s Clubtail
Least Bittern


Loggerhead Shrike
Louisiana Waterthrush
Mapleleaf Mussel
Mountain Lion or Cougar
Nodding Pogonia
Northern Barrens Tiger Beetle
Northern Bobwhite
Northern Brook Lamprey
Northern Dusky Salamander
Northern Madtom
Northern Map Turtle
Northern Riffleshell
Ogden’s Pondweed
Olive-sided flycatcher
Pale-bellied Frost Lichen
Peregrine Falcon
Pink Milkwort
Piping Plover
Pitcher’s Thistle
Polar Bear
Prothonotary Warbler
Pugnose Minnow
Pugnose Shiner
Purple Twayblade
Pygmy Pocket Moss
Pygmy Snaketail
Rainbow Mussel
Rapids clubtail
Rayed Bean
Red Knot rufa subspecies
Red Mulberry
Red-headed Woodpecker
Redside Dace
Riddell’s Goldenrod
River Redhorse
Round HickorynutRound Pigtoe
Round-leaved Greenbrier
Rusty-patched Bumble Bee
Salamander Mussel
Scarlet Ammannia
Short-eared Owl
Shortjaw Cisco
Shortnose Cisco
Showy Goldenrod
Showy Goldenrod
Shumard Oak
Silver Chub
Silver Shiner
Skinner’s Agalinis
Slender Bush-clover
Small White Lady’s-slipper
Small Whorled Pogonia
Small-flowered Lipocarpha
Small-mouthed Salamander
Snapping turtle
SnuffboxSpiny Softshell
Spoon-leaved Moss
Spotted Gar
Spotted Sucker
Spotted Turtle
Spotted Wintergreen
Spring Blue-eyed Mary
Spring Salamander
Swamp Rose-mallow
Timber Rattlesnake

Tuberous Indian-plantain
Upper Great Lakes Kiyi
Virginia Goat’s-rue
Virginia Mallow
Wavy-rayed Lampmussel
West Virginia White
Western Silvery Aster
White Prairie Gentian
White Wood Aster
Wild Hyacinth
Willowleaf Aster
Wood Turtle
Woodland Caribou
Woodland Vole
Yellow Rail
Yellow-breasted ChatEastern Prairie Fringed-orchid
Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus
Eastern Ribbonsnake
Eastern Sand Darter
Eastern Tiger Salamander
Eastern Whip-poor-will
Eastern Wolf
Engelmann’s Quillwort
Eskimo Curlew
False Hop Sedge
False Rue-anemone
Few-flowered Club-rush
Flooded Jellyskin
Forked Three-awned Grass
Four-leaved Milkweed
Fowler’s Toad
Frosted Elfin
Gattinger’s Agalinis
Golden Eagle
Golden-winged Warbler
Grass Pickerel
Gravel Chub
Gray Ratsnake
Gray Ratsnake
Greater Prairie-Chicken
Green Dragon
Grey Fox
Hart’s-tongue Fern
Heart-leaved Plantain
Henslow’s Sparrow
Hill’s Pondweed
Hill’s Thistle
Hine’s Emerald
Hoary Mountain-mint
Hooded Warbler
Horned grebe
Horsetail Spike-rush
Houghton’s Goldenrod
Hungerford’s Crawling
Water Beetle
Illinois Tick-trefoil
Incurved Grizzled Moss
Jefferson Salamander