Ontario Government Proposes Extending Endangered Species Act Exemption for Forestry Sector

BY LIAM CASEY THE CANADIAN PRESS

Ontario has proposed extending an exemption to the Endangered Species Act for the forestry sector, a move that environmental groups say is another step towards decimating species at risk.

The forestry sector, meanwhile, said forcing the industry to follow the act would be a bureaucratic nightmare and “impossible.”

Last week, the province proposed extending the exemption for another year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that consultation isn’t required due to a temporary regulation it put in place on April 1. The province has, however, opened up the proposal to public comments until June 18.

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