Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks Jeff Yurek announced on March 4, 2020 that the Ontario government is delivering more than $4 million in 2019-20 and up to $4.5 million in 2020-21 to support the Species at Risk Stewardship Program.

The 85 projects, led by non-profit organizations, Indigenous communities and other stakeholder groups, will help to preserve the environment by protecting species at risk and their habitat. Ontario is home to more than 30,000 species of plants, insects, fish and wildlife. The Species at Risk in Ontario List  currently includes 243 species.

“Everyone has a role to play in protecting and recovering at-risk species and their habitat,” said Yurek. “Our government is proud to support on-the-ground projects that promote strong environmental stewardship and help preserve Ontario’s rich biodiversity for future generations.”

Promoting environmental stewardship by working with partners to protect and recover at-risk species and their habitats is a key pillar of Ontario’s Endangered Species Act.

For details on the projects funded, click here.

Applications for funding under the 2020-21 Species at Risk Stewardship Program will be accepted until 3 p.m. on March 25, 2020.

Featured image from the Government of Ontario (Photo credit: bkinder832 CC 4.0):
The Evening Grosbeak is a member of the Fringillidae family of songbirds. It is a large, stocky finch with a thick greenish-yellow bill. 

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