On January 21, 2013, the Ministry of Natural Resources released a report titled "Endangered Species Act Panel Report and Recommendations." The report contains stakeholder recommendations on improving the implementation of the Endangered Species Act, 2007, while continuing to protect species at risk in Ontario. Some of the key recommendations are as follows:
- The MNR should undertake a comprehensive review of its Habitat Protection Policy to allow for greater habitat protection;
- The MNR should adopt a strategic risk-based approach to the transitioning of protected species, while acknowledging permits previously obtained for projects/activities; and
- The MNR should pursue web-based automation of the application for approvals to allow for greater processing efficiency and streamlining of approvals.
For further information, please see the Environmental Registry.