Notice was given in the Ontario Gazette, Part III, on December 5, 2009 of two regulations (O. Reg. 436/09 and O. Reg. 437/09) that amend the General Regulation under the Endangered Species Act, 2007, O. Reg. 242/08, to add definitions for habitat of 9 specific endangered species for the purpose of habitat protection provisions of the Endangered Species Act, 2007. The species affected include: the American badger, the barn owl, the wood turtle, the Eastern Prairie fringed-orchid, Engelmann’s quillwort, the Few-flowered club-rush or bashful bulrush, the Jefferson salamander, the Peregrine falcon, the Western silvery aster.

The amendments to O. Reg. 242/08 identifying habitat for each of the above-listed species came into force on February 18, 2010, at which time the prohibitions against damage to habitat identified for each of these species, as set out section 10 of the Endangered Species Act, 2007, also came into force. For any species that do not have habitat defined by a regulation made under clause 55(1)(a) of the Act, section 10 and the prohibition on damage to habitat does not come into force until the 5th anniversary of the enactment of the statute, which is June 30, 2013.

O. Reg. 242/08, as amended, can be viewed at

http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/regs/english/elaws_regs_080242_e.htm