Ontario Amends List of Species at Risk in Response to COSSARO’s 2021 Annual Report

The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks has amended the regulation on the Species at Risk in Ontario (SARO) List to reflect new species at risk classifications set out in the 2021 Annual Report of the Committee on the Status of Species at Risk in Ontario (COSSARO), as required by the Endangered Species Act, 2007. The SARO List has been updated to include seven new species, changes to the status of eight already listed species, and the removal of three species because COSSARO determined that either the species is not at risk in Ontario or there is not enough data to determine if the species is at risk. The species removed from the List include the Aweme Borer Moth, the Beluga Whale, and the Spring Salamander.