The Ontario government is taking strong action to protect Ontario from invasive species through prevention, early detection, rapid response and eradication of invasive species, said David Orazietti, MPP.
“Our government is proud of the Invasive Species Act which would make Ontario a national leader in invasive species prevention and management,” said Orazietti. “This legislation would be a critical tool in our fight against the growing threat of invasive species, and for addressing the ecological and economic threats that invasive species pose to our province.”
Ontario has re-introduced the Invasive Species Act, 2014 which, if passed, will protect the province’s natural environment from invasive species and the significant social, environmental and economic costs they pose for Ontarians.
This piece of legislation died on the Order Paper when the NDP forced the June election.
The act, if passed, would position Ontario as the first and only jurisdiction in Canada to introduce standalone invasive species legislation.
This legislation would:
· Give Ontario the tools to ban activities such as possessing and transporting certain invasive species,
· Allow the government to intervene earlier and enable rapid response actions, including working with partners to stop an invasive species from spreading – for example by preventing the movement of contaminated firewood,
· Help ensure compliance through modernized inspection and enforcement measures.
As part of its commitment to reduce the threat of invasive species, the Government of Ontario has committed $15 million in the establishment and operation of the Invasive Species Centre in Sault Ste. Marie, the first centre in Canada to focus on the full spectrum of forest, plant and aquatic invasive species.
“The Invasive Species Centre is proud to work in partnership with Ontario, and many other important organizations, to combat invasive species in the province,” said Dilhari Fernando, Executive Director, Invasive Species Centre. “The introduction of this proposed legislation would strengthen these partnerships and make our efforts to fight invasive species even more effective.”
Protecting the environment is part of the government’s plan to enhance the quality of life for Ontario families and ensure a dynamic economy for future generations.
It is also part of the government’s economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow by focusing on Ontario’s greatest strengths – its people and strategic partnerships.