Protect caribou habitat in Ontario before it’s gone

It’s time for the federal government to intervene

The Ontario government isn’t acting in the best interest of species and their habitats.

Don’t take our word for it. That’s the conclusion of the most recent auditor general report.

(The audit also uncovered discomfort from the government’s own staff, who expressed concern that forestry’s exemption from the Endangered Species Act could cause “significant adverse effects” to 12 endangered or threatened species, including caribou.)

The federal government has the power to intervene where provincial/territorial governments are failing to effectively protect at-risk species.

It is currently discussing the parameters of a conservation agreement with the province. But these have become a form of talk-and-log — making vague commitments to future planning instead of interim habitat protections.

It’s time for the federal government to step in, and a conservation agreement isn’t enough. Real action is needed.