There are only about 5,000 caribou left in Ontario. They need your support. Please call for federal intervention
In April 2022, the federal and Ontario governments signed a boreal caribou conservation agreement. Yet Ontario continues to undermine habitat protection and restoration by:
- Disregarding the need for cumulative effects planning in caribou ranges. Habitat fragmentation from industrial activities is a primary driver in population decline.
- Exempting forestry from the prohibition against habitat destruction in the Endangered Species Act, essentially removing regulatory requirements for the industry to prioritize recovery.
- Aiming to almost double industrial logging in the province by 2030, as per Ontario's Forest Sector Strategy.
The public's trust in Ontario's ability to safeguard boreal caribou has diminished. The federal government has said it will evaluate Ontario's caribou habitat protection measures in April 2024 and then determine if additional should be applied.To ensure caribou survival, the federal government must intervene
I am concerned about boreal caribou habitat protection in Ontario and urge you to intervene.
For over a decade, the Government of Canada has told Ontario to comply with the federal recovery strategy for boreal caribou, but the province continues to fail to do so.
Despite signing a caribou conservation agreement in April 2022, the Ontario government continues to undermine habitat protection and restoration by ignoring the directive to manage cumulative disturbance in caribou ranges.
Thanks to a permanent forestry industry exemption from having to comply with habitat destruction prohibitions under the province's Endangered Species Act, status quo forestry operations have continued to fragment caribou habitat. Pair that with the province's Forest Sector Strategy, which plans to almost double industrial logging in Ontario by 2030, and the need for federal intervention becomes clear.
Enough is enough!
The Ontario government is failing to protect and recover caribou. It is critical for the federal government to deliver:
- A commitment to intervene to protect habitat in Ontario in the absence of provincial range plans that outline how undisturbed habitat will be maintained/restored, consistent with the directive in the federal Recovery Strategy;
- Public-facing disturbance and population tracking;
- A clear, public-facing metric for federal habitat protection equivalency;
- A commitment to continue to make cabinet decisions regarding this file public.
There are approximately 5,000 caribou left in Ontario, and each one needs you to intervene.