Species At Risk

Protection or Recovery Permit

If the main purpose of your activity is to do some good work to help a species at risk or its habitat, but your activity is likely to have some adverse effects on the species or its habitat, you may need a protection or recovery permit under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).


Examples of activities eligible for a protection or recovery permit

  • Capture and marking of the shells of Blanding’s turtles as part of a population study
  • Capture of American eels and fitting them with radio-transmitters to monitor their movements
  • Collection and transport of red mulberry leaf samples to a laboratory for genetic research
  • Collection of dense blazing-star seeds and planting them as part of a prairie restoration project
  • Conducting a site assessment to determine if a proposed subdivision will adversely affect Jefferson salamanders

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Requirements and conditions


A protection or recovery permit may only be issued if:

  • the main purpose of the activity authorized by the permit is to assist in the protection or recovery of a species at risk and
  • the activity will assist in the protection or recovery of the species.

A protection or recovery permit may also include other conditions or requirements, such as monitoring and reporting.

Before issuing a protection or recovery permit, the Ministry must consider the Government Response Statement, if one exists, for each species at risk that may be affected by the permitted activity.


Request a protection or recovery permit


If you know that you need a protection or recovery permit, complete the Protection or Recovery Permit Request form form and submit it to the local MNR office MNR office.

Map of ontario What's at risk in my area?

Figuring out if you need an authorization, like a permit or an agreement, starts with identifying which protected species are in your area.

How do I get a permit? How do I get a permit?

Find out what steps you need to take in order to get the permit you need.

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