Fee instead of compliance proposed

Ford is proposing to create a Species at Risk Conservation Trust

Ontario Premier Doug Ford Canadian Press

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Developers may be able to get off the hook of complying with Species at Risk requirements. They might be able to pay a fee instead.

But the proposal apparently does not extend to farmers.

CTV news reports that the Ford government in Ontario is proposing to create the Species at Risk Conservation Trust to oversee these charges and put the money toward large-scale measures to protect and recover those species.

Environment Minister Rod Phillips said applicants could pay a regulatory charge instead of completing “some of the more onerous and lengthy requirements of a permit.”