Species At Risk

Axio Power Canada Inc./SunEdison Canada, Solar Facility Construction

Proposed Authorization under Ontario’s Endangered Species Act, 2007

Ontario’s Endangered Species Act, which came into effect in 2008, makes the province a North American leader in the protection and recovery of species at risk and their habitats. Learn how Ontario is protecting species at risk and their habitat.

Proposed Authorization Summary

Proponent: Axio Power Canada Inc./SunEdison Canada
Project: Solar Facility Construction
Location: Sophiasburgh Township
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  • Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus)
  • Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna)
Sector: Renewable energy
Environmental Registry Number: 011-6168
Permit Proposal Status:
Authorization Type: 17(2)(2) - Overall Benefit Permit

The Endangered Species Act, 2007 (ESA) provides for the protection of endangered, threatened (and in some cases extirpated) species on the Species at Risk in Ontario (SARO) List. The ESA also addresses the protection of habitat for species at risk.

The ESA allows some activities to proceed under a clause 17(2)(c) permit with specific conditions if; avoidance and reasonable alternatives have been considered, adverse effects will be minimized and an overall benefit will be achieved for the species. Providing an overall benefit to a protected species under the ESA involves undertaking actions to improve circumstances for the species in Ontario. Overall benefit is more than “no net loss” or an exchange of “like for like”. Overall benefit is grounded in the protection and recovery of the species at risk and must include more than mitigation measures or “replacing” what is lost.

Environmental Registry Posting:

A range of options being considered is included in the Environmental Registry Notice; please go to http://www.ebr.gov.on.ca and enter the Environmental Registry number (above) in the search bar.

Proposed Permit Details:

The details of the proposed permit will be included in this section when more information is available.


A decision to issue or deny a permit has not yet been made for this proposal.

Comment On This Project

To view and comment on this proposed permit, please visit the Environmental Registry and enter the Registry number (011-6168 ) in the search bar.

If you have questions or comments specific to this permit application after the Environmental Registry period is over, please click here Solar Facility Construction (ER number: 011-6168 ) .

Please Note: All comments and submissions received become part of the public record. You will not receive a formal response to your comment, however, relevant comments received as part of the public participation process for this proposal will be considered in the decision making process for the authorization.