Species At Risk

Considering reasonable alternatives

To meet the requirements for an overall benefit permit, you will need to show the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) that you have considered reasonable alternatives to your activity.

Alternative approaches to your activity can include (but are not limited to):

  • Changing the location of the activity
  • Using alternative methods, equipment or technical designs
  • Changing the timing of the activity to avoid times when the species is there or is most sensitive to disturbance
  • Changing the geographic scale, duration and/or frequency of the potential adverse effects
  • Adding or changing approaches and timing of site restoration or rehabilitation after the activity is done

Alternatives that you considered but did not think were reasonable because of biological, technical, social or economic limitations should also be identified as part of this process.

When considering reasonable alternatives to your activity, you must consider at least one alternative that would completely avoid any adverse effects on species at risk. More

Finally, you will need to explain to MNR why the approach you have chosen is the best alternative. Deciding which alternative is the best involves consideration of the best approach to minimize adverse effects on species at risk or their habitat, but can also involve consideration of technical, social or economic factors.


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.