November 22, 2021 – Ottawa, Ontario
The protection of species at risk is an essential part of addressing biodiversity loss and mitigating the harms caused by a changing climate. All Canadians have a role to play in ensuring the health and vitality of our ecosystems.
The Government of Canada recognizes that urgent action is needed to help the recovery of the Western Chorus Frog, a species at risk listed under the Species at Risk Act. Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, announced that the Government of Canada is issuing an Emergency Order in Longueuil, Quebec, to protect habitat of critical importance to the species. This Emergency Order, effective immediately, will help protect and recover the species by addressing the threat of habitat destruction.
The Emergency Order follows a threat assessment by Environment and Climate Change Canada based on the best available information, including the most recent science and all data and documentation provided by the Government of Quebec, the City of Longueuil, and non-governmental organizations.
The protection of this particular Western Chorus Frog population in Longueuil is important to the species’ overall survival and recovery; the Longueuil population is the third-largest in Quebec in terms of the area it occupies, and its loss due to habitat destruction would have a dire impact on the overall health of the species and the region’s biodiversity.
The Government of Canada is committed to acting on sound science and all available information when it makes decisions, and works in close consultation with affected parties.
It is critical that we all continue to work together to protect and recover species at risk and conserve nature. We will continue to work closely with the Province of Quebec, the City of Longueuil, landowners and stakeholders on this important issue.