Ontario Government Exempts Some Provincial Park Projects from Environmental Assessments

The Ontario government has waived Environmental Assessment Act requirements for select Crown projects related to provincial parks and conservation reserves. They've also approved a new Project Evaluation Policy, applying to Ministry of Environment, Conservation, and Parks-managed areas. The policy outlines exemptions for minor projects, such as wildlife management initiatives focused on disease control, handling human-wildlife conflicts, enhancing habitats, and reintroducing native wildlife elsewhere. This move comes after public consultations and aims to streamline planning and assessment procedures for these specific conservation projects.