Species at risk
Protecting and recovering species at risk and their habitat is a key part of conserving Ontario’s biodiversity. Find out what Ontario is doing and how you can help.
Learn about species at risk
Species listed as endangered, threatened, special concern or extirpated.
Creating the list
How a plant or animal is classified as endangered, threatened, special concern or extirpated.
How you can help
How you can help conserve biodiversity in Ontario.
Register your project
How to register your protection and/or recovery project and other rules to follow.
Get a grant for your project
Financial support available through the Species at Risk Stewardship Program and more.
Report rare species
How to report a sighting of rare animals and plants, natural and wildlife concentration areas.
Comment on documents
How you can give your thoughts on draft strategies, regulations and more.
Report impacts to a species at risk or its habitat
Use the Report pollution online form to tell us about impacts to a species at risk or its habitat.
Call the public reporting hotline toll-free at
Ministry district office
You can also contact your local ministry district office if you need additional help to report impacts to species at risk or its habitat.
What we're doing
Protection and recovery
Overview of our laws, regulations, groups and action to support species at risk and their habitat.
Species Conservation Action Agency
Learn how this provincial agency is working to protect and recover species at risk.
Projects we fund
An annual list of Ontario-wide projects we support.
Resources and permits
Search resource library
Standards, guidelines and more connected to the Endangered Species Act and its regulations.
Species at Risk Conservation Fund
Learn about the fund, eligible species and how to make a payment.
Know rules for development and infrastructure work
Including transit, energy and construction work that may affect recently protected species at risk.
Register or get a permit
For activities that could affect endangered or threatened plants or animals and their habitat.
Get an overall benefit permit
For work not usually permitted under Endangered Species Act when certain conditions are met.
Review of progress reports for Ontario’s species at risk
Progress reports on the protection and recovery of species at risk.