The Minister of Natural Resources introduced Bill 167, Ontario’s proposed Invasive Species Act, 2014 for First Reading on February 26, 2014. The legislation would enable rapid regulatory intervention, backed by strong investigative and enforcement tools, to target and combat invasive species that can cause hundreds of millions of dollars in environmental damage. The Bill sets out the legislative framework for identifying non-native invasive species. It also contains provisions to prevent their entry, control their spread and ultimately eradicate them from the province. The proposed legislation was posted to the Environmental Registry (EBR # 012-1120) for public review. The deadline for comments is April 14, 2014.
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