We are a team of relentless policy experts protecting Canada’s natural world.
Our vision is to protect at least half of Canada’s lands and waters so that future generations can experience Canada’s irreplaceable wilderness.
See what projects we are working on below and learn how you can help protect the spaces you love.
Boreal caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou) is one of Canada’s most iconic species. On November 14, 2018, Wildlands League called on the federal government to step in and protect boreal caribou critical habitat in two ranges in northwestern Ontario. Read the legal petition submitted by Ecojustice here. On May 1 2018, the Government of Canada finally published its first section 63 report for boreal caribou. Read our statement here. Also see the scientists’ letter here debunking the … Continued
Wildlands League is working with Moose Cree First Nation to permanently protect the North French River and South Bluff Creek located north of Cochrane in northeastern Ontario. Then Moose Cree Chief Patricia Faries spoke at a Special Chiefs Assembly, see her remarks here. In April 2018, the former Chief also spoke at Wildlands League’s Sacred Connections event. See more from that event here. Twelve leading environmental and indigenous organizations and thousands of Canadians stand with … Continued
Update on our private prosecution of De Beers case. See CBC news story here. In October 2018, the defence brought a motion arguing that De Beers right to trial within a reasonable time was violated. In December 2018, the Justice of the Peace (JP) granted the motion and stayed all charges. Ecojustice believes that the JP made a number of significant errors when granting the motion and will be appealing the motion to the Ontario … Continued
Update: Ontario proposes inadequate changes to moose hunting. 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 … Continued
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 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 National Urban Park Now 95% Complete! On June 15, 2019, Parks Canada and the Toronto Region and Conservation Authority (TRCA) announced that TRCA has transferred 18.5 km2 of lands to Parks Canada to become part of Rouge National Urban Park. The announcement was made at Wildlands League’s 6th annual Paddle the Rouge event. Previously Ontario transferred and released its interest in 22.8 km2 of lands (details here) and Transport Canada transferred 21km2 of land … Continued
On June 20, 2019, then Environment Minister Phillips denied our request for a hearing even though Ontario agreed there was a viable alternative and that a comprehensive assessment on caribou is required. Ontario approved the more harmful option for boreal caribou making a mockery of environmental assessment. Wildlands will be monitoring next steps on ESA permitting carefully. October 2018 – See Wildlands’ request for a referral to the Environmental Review Tribunal, cover letter and appendices. … Continued
More good news for jobs and caribou in northeastern Ontario! On June 20, 2018 Moose Cree First Nation Chief Patricia Faries signed the statement in support of moving forward with the Cochrane Plan for the Abitibi River Forest Plan in northeastern Ontario. Previous signatories include Chief Bruce Archibald of Taykwa Tagamou Nation, Mayor Peter Politis of Cochrane, Chris McDonnell of Rayonier Advanced Materials and Janet Sumner, Wildlands Executive Director. We all call on the new … Continued
The Ontario government gutted the Endangered Species Act with Bill 108, More Homes More Choice Act. Bill 108 received Royal Assent on June 6, 2019 (with Schedule 5). This means we have to keep up the fight for endangered species in each of our communities and when development proposals come up from consultation. The amendments rollback protections to expedite housing, forestry, and other commercial and industrial developments. Our public consultation comments can be found here.
Wildlands League hosted a two day workshop 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. Located approximately 500 km NE of Thunder Bay, it’s been lauded for its potential in terms of chromite deposits and other industrial metals. What is less well appreciated is that the Ring is located in the heart of an irreplaceable environmental treasure. And over … Continued