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Ontario Helping Protect Rare Plants and Animals

McGuinty Government Supporting Community Projects

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Ontario is once again supporting individual and community projects that protect and recover species at risk and their habitats.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2013/2014 Species at Risk Stewardship Fund. The deadline to apply is January 8, 2013.

Now in its seventh year, the fund has helped restore nearly 24,000 hectares of important habitat, with more than 100 projects from the last two years still underway. Completed projects have supported about 1,800 jobs and an estimated 214,700 hours of volunteer work for 17,300 Ontarians.

Supporting community-based species at risk projects is part of the McGuinty government's plan to help Ontarians take an active role in protecting and restoring the province's biodiversity.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario has supported over 600 projects through the fund, which is available to individuals and groups including landowners and farmers, Aboriginal communities, academic institutions, industries, municipalities and conservation organizations.
  • Guidelines and applications are available online.
  • Ontario is home to more than 30,000 species, with more than 200 currently considered at risk.

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“Each one of us has a responsibility towards the province's wild species. I commend every person and group that has come together to protect our species at risk and safeguard Ontario's biodiversity for future generations.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Natural Resources

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