OTTAWA — The federal government has established a timeline for Ontario to take additional steps to protect the boreal caribou and its habitat.
The species was declared to be threatened since 2003.
Stephen Guilbeault, minister of environment and climate change, announced last week that Ottawa is giving the province until April 2024 "to demonstrate equivalency of approach between provincial measures and the federal framework."
According to Guilbeault, that timeline was previously agreed upon mutually.
The minister said that after determining earlier this year that some portions of the boreal caribou's critical habitat on non-federal land in Ontario is not adequately protected, he has recommended that a critical habitat protection order be issued as required under the Species at Risk Act.
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