Species At Risk

Committees and Advisory Groups

Get involved in decision-making

Participating in discussions and consultation about what matters to you and your members is an effective way to make an impact on legislation, regulations and policies that may affect your members.

Participating on a board or committee means being able to have a say on how the Endangered Species Act is implemented. It’s about staying ahead of the curve rather than hearing about decisions after they’re made. This kind of participation also helps to build perspective and trust among different stakeholder groups so that you can work towards consensus on issues.

Boards, advisory groups and committees

Four committees have been established to help the ministry implement the Endangered Species Act:

Help develop recovery strategies

Periodically, the Ministry of Natural Resources seeks qualified people to develop new recovery strategies or update existing strategies. If you would like to receive notification of future opportunities to author Ontario recovery strategies, email recovery.planning@ontario.ca to be placed on our distribution list. You can also visit Notices to see what opportunities may currently exist.

Loggerhead Shrike

Species at Risk Program Advisory Committee

This committee makes recommendations to the Minister of Natural Resources about matters relating to the implementation of the province's species at risk program. Its focus includes the development of policy to support the implementation of the act, incentive and stewardship programs, best management practices, public education and outreach programs, recovery strategies and management plans, and the assembly of scientific information.

The committee is made up of up to 19 members, which include a Chair and members appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council. Its membership draws on various experts with relevant knowledge about resource use, land use and/or environmental sectors, as well as protection and recovery of species at risk.

Learn more about this advisory committee



An independent team of experts called the Committee on the Status of Species at Risk in Ontario assesses and classifies species at risk using the best available scientific information and community and Aboriginal traditional knowledge.

Check the priority list of species that the committee is assessing and find out when the committee will meet next.

Woodland Caribou

Provincial Caribou Technical Committee

This provincial standing committee was set up to review and suggest improvements to the ministry’s conservation and recovery actions in the Caribou Conservation Plan. It provides scientific and technical advice on implementing the plan. Members are recognized scientific and technical experts in their field, including caribou ecology, forest ecology, conservation biology, and forest management. The committee has provided valuable insights on a range of actions, including integrated range assessments, the caribou screening tool, and the collaborative provincial caribou research program.

Get the facts about the Forest-dwelling Woodland Caribou in Ontario

Learn about our Caribou Conservation Plan

Read about the progress we have made(pdf)

Find out about the latest research on caribou in Ontario


Bobolink Roundtable

Established in response to concerns raised by the farming community, the Bobolink Roundtable provides advice to the government that balances Bobolink protection with the needs of farmers and land owners while agricultural activities are exempt from the ESA through a 3 year exemption regulation. Composed of 13 members with a wide range of perspectives including agricultural, conservation, renewable energy, development, aggregates and First Nations, the group makes recommendations to the ministry on solutions that consider the habitat needs of grassland birds such as the Bobolink and Eastern Meadowlark. Members are serving a three-year term coinciding with the temporary three-year exemption regulation, which is scheduled to expire in October 2014.

Learn more about the Bobolink

Get details on authorizations related to the Bobolink

Find out more about exemptions

The Endangered Species Act

Contact your local ministry office

Often the best source of local information on species at risk is your nearest ministry office. Call with your questions or concerns.