Species At Risk

General habitat descriptions and habitat regulations

When a species becomes listed as endangered or threatened on the Species at Risk in Ontario List, it automatically receives general habitat protection under the Endangered Species Act.

General Habitat Descriptions

General habitat descriptions have been developed for species identified as having a high probability of intersect with activities to provide greater clarity on the general habitat of individual species. General habitat descriptions for other species will continue to be developed over time.

Habitat Regulations

Once finalized, a habitat regulation replaces general habitat protection and provides additional clarity by specifying particular characteristics that define species-specific habitat, such as physical boundaries and key features.

Habitat regulations move through two different stages before they take effect:

  1. Draft habitat regulations:

    These are draft regulations proposed for the protection of a species’ habitat—they are not in effect yet. (General habitat still applies while habitat regulations are in draft format.) The public may review and comment on these drafts. Learn more

    Once the comment period for a draft habitat regulation is closed, the Ministry of Natural Resources considers the comments received in finalizing the regulation.

  2. Finalized habitat regulations:

    The government of Ontario has passed these regulations defining the habitat for specific species. These habitat regulations replace general habitat protection for the species.

View all general habitat descriptions and habitat regulations below.

Habitat protected under the Endangered Species Act:

Common Name Scientific Name Status Species Group Date in Effect  Official Habitat Protection Habitat Guidance
Rapids Clubtail Gomphus quadricolor Endangered Insects January 3, 2012 [not accurate] #011-5306 N/A

Draft habitat regulations available for comment

Common Name Scientific Name Status Species Group Comment Deadline Environmental Registry No. Regulation Summary
Rapids Clubtail Gomphus quadricolor Endangered Insects January 3, 2012 [not accurate] #011-5306 N/A

Previously registered habitat regulations, comments closed

The government of Ontario has passed regulations defining the habitat for the following species:

Common Name Scientific Name Status Species Group Comment Deadline Environmental Registry No. Regulation Summary
American Badger Taxidea taxus Endangered Mammals February 18, 2010 n/a Ontario Regulation 242/08
American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos Threatened Birds July 1, 2012 Final Ontario Regulation 242/08
Barn Owl Tyto alba Endangered Birds February 18, 2010 n/a Ontario Regulation 242/08
Bent Spike-rush Eleocharis geniculata Endangered Plants and Lichens July 1, 2012 Final Ontario Regulation 242/08
Common Five-lined Skink Plestiodon fasciatus Endangered Snakes and Lizards July 1, 2012 Final Ontario Regulation 242/08
Eastern Flowering Dogwood Cornus florida Endangered Plants and Lichens July 1, 2011 n/a Ontario Regulation 242/08
Eastern Foxsnake (Carolinian Population) Pantherophis gloydi Endangered Snakes and Lizards July 1, 2012 Final Ontario Regulation 242/08
Eastern Foxsnake (Georgian Bay Population) Pantherophis gloydi Threatened Snakes and Lizards July 1, 2012 Final Ontario Regulation 242/08
Eastern Prairie Fringed-orchid Platanthera leucophaea Endangered Plants and Lichens February 18, 2010 n/a Ontario Regulation 242/08
Engelmann’s Quillwort Isoetes engelmannii Endangered Plants and Lichens February 18, 2010 n/a Ontario Regulation 242/08
Few-flowered Club-rush Trichophorum planifolium Endangered Plants and Lichens February 18, 2010 n/a Ontario Regulation 242/08
Gray Ratsnake (Carolinian Population) Pantherophis spiloides Endangered Snakes and Lizards July 1, 2012 Final Ontario Regulation 242/08
Gray Ratsnake (Frontenac Axis Population) Pantherophis spiloides Threatened Snakes and Lizards July 1, 2012 Final Ontario Regulation 242/08
Jefferson Salamander Ambystoma jeffersonianum Endangered Amphibians February 18, 2010 n/a Ontario Regulation 242/08
Northern Barrens Tiger Beetle Cicindela patruela Endangered Insects July 1, 2012 Final Ontario Regulation 242/08
Ogden’s Pondweed Potamogeton ogdenii Endangered Plants and Lichens July 1, 2011 n/a Ontario Regulation 242/08
Pale-bellied Frost Lichen Physconia subpallida Endangered Plants and Lichens July 1, 2012 Final Ontario Regulation 242/08
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus Threatened Birds February 18, 2010 n/a Ontario Regulation 242/08
Rapids Clubtail Ptychobranchus fasciolaris Endangered Insects July 1, 2012 Final Ontario Regulation 242/08
Redside Dace Clinostomus elongatus Endangered Fish and Mussels July 1, 2011 n/a Ontario Regulation 242/08
Virginia Mallow Sida hermaphrodita Endangered Plants and Lichens July 1, 2012 Final Ontario Regulation 242/08
Western Silvery Aster Symphyotrichum sericeum Endangered Plants and Lichens February 18, 2010 n/a Ontario Regulation 242/08
Wood Turtle Glyptemys insculpta Endangered Turtles February 18, 2010 n/a Ontario Regulation 242/08

 

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