CPAWS Wildlands League works on big wilderness in Ontario.

Our work is dynamic. We don’t just talk about an area or an issue. We get to know it inside and out. We understand the players, the pressure points and make sure our contributions add value. We are a small yet highly effective charity that brings scientific rigor, credibility and creative solutions forward. And we help connect people with nature through local polar bear swims, paddles in the Rouge or remote visits to intact forests and wetlands.

See what projects we are working on below and learn how you can help protect the spaces you love.




Victor Diamond Mine

NEW! Environmental Group Takes Diamond Giant De Beers to Court.  Read more here. An investigation into the Victor mine has found failures in self-monitoring raising troubling questions about entrusting the company to protect the environment in which it operates. The remote De Beers’ Victor Diamond Mine is located in northeastern Ontario, 90 km west of Attawapiskat First Nation in the Attawapiskat River watershed. The region is part of one of the largest, intact ecosystems areas left … Continued



Ontario’s moose are in trouble. It was thought they were doing well in forested landscapes, but people in moose country knew better. In recent years, hunters, outfitters and other northerners spoke of a drop in their numbers. Now the science is in. There is no doubt, in much of the province and in other regions of their range, moose are in trouble. Moose numbers have declined drastically in other jurisdictions so much so that Manitoba … Continued

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Country Foods & Pristine Rivers

Through an inclusive and collaborative approach, Wildlands League is working with First Nations, scientists, governments, industry, and concerned citizens on new emerging models of protecting northern rivers and on highlighting the unintended consequences of mining on fish (an important traditional food) and human consumers of fish. We hosted a two day workshop in June 2016 called Regional Approaches to Land and Water Protection in Ontario and Quebec (agenda). We are helping Moose Cree First Nation … Continued

Algonquin Park

Algonquin Provincial Park is a Canadian icon. It evokes classic images of wilderness: loon-serenaded lakes, blazing sugar maples and towering pines, rugged canoe trips and moose-haunted bogs. But for all Algonquin’s beauty and ecological significance, the Ontario government is failing in its mandate to protect it. Surprisingly only 14% of Ontarians are aware that Algonquin Park has been open to industrial logging since its inception. Over 5400 km of logging roads lace the perceived ‘backcountry’ … Continued


Rouge Park

NEW! CPAWS applauds bill to fix Rouge National Urban Park Act. Rouge Park is located on the eastern boundary of the City of Toronto and houses much of the lower Rouge River watershed – one of the last in Western Lake Ontario to remain free of urban development. Bounded by Markham and Scarborough to the west, Pickering to the east and Stouffville to the north, the 47km2 Rouge Park provides a bastion against urban sprawl. It protects … Continued


Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement

CPAWS is one of seven environmental signatories to the historic Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA). Signed in 2010, the agreement brings together leading environmental groups in Canada with the Forest Products Association of Canada and its 19 member companies. It applies to 76 million ha of public lands in Canada. It is a globally significant precedent that seeks to conserve significant areas of Canada’s Boreal Forest, protect threatened woodland caribou and sustain a healthy forest industry … Continued

Hydro Lines

Hydro Lines in Caribou Country

Wildlands League monitors new proposals for linear disturbances (e.g., roads or transmission lines) in the Boreal Forest because they are often the precursor to additional developments and open up new areas for industrial activities which in turn have ramifications for at risk wildlife such as forest dwelling woodland caribou. There are two companies proposing to build a major new ~ 300 km transmission line in Northwestern Ontario designed to supply power from Ignace/Dryden to Pickle … Continued

Abitibi, 2007

Abitibi River Forest

In June 2012, Wildlands League with fellow environment and industry signatories to the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement, and Taykwa Tagamou Nation and northern municipalities, produced a voluntary agreement that aims to secure the future of 3 million ha of caribou range in the Abitibi River Forest near Cochrane, Ontario, to conserve Boreal woodland caribou, and to maintain hundreds of jobs in forestry. It was the first agreement of its kind and we hope, an example … Continued



NEW: Did you see our ad in the Globe and Mail?  See it here and read Anna’s blog. Boreal caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou) is one of Canada’s most iconic species.  It is classified as threatened in Ontario under the Endangered Species Act, 2007 and as threatened nationally under the Species at Risk Act. This means that it is “likely to become endangered if nothing is done to reverse the factors leading to its extirpation or extinction”. Boreal caribou … Continued


Endangered Species

NEW! Wildlands League and Ontario Nature have filed an application with the Supreme Court of Canada, asking the Court to hear an appeal affecting all endangered and threatened species in Ontario. If leave to appeal is granted, this would be the first appeal ever heard by the Supreme Court of Canada regarding species at risk. Read more here. Ontario Regulation 176/13, which came largely into force under the ESA on July 1, 2013 is a … Continued


Ring of Fire

LATEST NEWS: We hosted a two day workshop in June 2016 called Regional Approaches to Land and Water Protection in Ontario and Quebec (agenda) where the Ring  of Fire was discussed and other potential large developments. The Ring of Fire is the name given to a potential arc shaped mining district in the heart of Ontario’s Far North. Located approximately 500 km NE of Thunder Bay, it’s been lauded for its potential in terms of … Continued