MNRF Finalizes Safe Harbour Habitat Policy

The Safe Habour Habitat Policy has now been finalized and was broadened to include special concern species in addition to endangered and threatened species.

The final document is available here.

The OSSGA SAR Taskforce will be looking at ways that the aggregate industry might be able to use the Safe Harbour Instrument to create endangered species habitat for a certain period of time so that future land use activities will not be limited under the ESA

10th Year Review of Ontario's Endangered Species Act

The Ontario government is currently undertaking a review of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and is looking for feedback on how the ESA can “improve protections for species at risk, consider modern and innovative approaches to achieve positive outcomes for species at risk, as well as to look for ways to streamline approvals and provide clarity to support economic development.”  Click here to read the Discussion Paper. The consultation period closes on March 4, 2019.

OSSGA’s Ecology Committee will be preparing comments. If you have any comments, please send them to Ashlee Zelek at


OSSGA Policy Papers and Submissions