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  • November 07, 2014

Protecting Scarborough-Guildwood Against Invasive Species

Ontario Re-Introduces Invasive Species Legislation

Ontariois taking action to protect Scarborough-Guildwood from invasive species through prevention, early detection, rapid response and eradication of invasive species in the province.

Ontariohas re-introduced the Invasive Species Act, 2014 which, if passed, will protect the province’s natural environment from invasive species and the significant social, environmental and economic costs they pose for Ontarians.

The act, if passed, would:

  • GiveOntariothe tools to ban activities such as possessing and transporting certain invasive species.
  • Allow the government to intervene earlier and enable rapid response actions, including working with partners to stop an invasive species from spreading — for example by preventing the movement of contaminated firewood.
  • Help promote compliance through inspection and enforcement measures.

Preventing the spread of invasive species supports the government's economic plan forOntario. The four part plan is buildingOntarioup by investing in people’s talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.



“Invasive species have already caused significant damage here in Scarborough-Guildwood, and continue to be a growing threat to the rest of the province. The Emerald Ash Borer has greatly impacted residents of our community. The proposed Invasive Species Act would provide increased action and oversight to help control and prevent the spread of harmful plant and animal species in inOntario.”

— Mitzie Hunter, MPP (Scarborough-Guildwood)

“Invasive species pose a significant risk to our natural environment and our economy. This legislation would makeOntarioa national leader in invasive species prevention and management. Working with our key partners, our proposed Invasive Species Act will serve as a critical tool in our collective fight against the growing threat of invasive species inOntario.”

— Bill Mauro, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry



  • If passed, the Invasive Species Act would positionOntarioas the first and only jurisdiction inCanadato enact standalone invasive species legislation.
  • Globally, invasive species costs to the environment, agriculture and communities, including control costs, are estimated to be $1.4 trillion — the equivalent of five per cent of the global economy and seven times the cost of natural disasters.
  • These measures would be implemented alongside The City of Toronto’s measures to control the Emerald Ash Borer through injection of insecticides, removal of dead or dying ash trees, and an intensive tree-planting campaign to replace infected ash trees.
  • Do your part by reporting invasive species sightings. Call the Invading Species Hotline at
    or email
  • Download the free EDDMapS app to identify and report invasive species from your smartphone.


Keesha Bell
Constituency Office of Mitzie Hunter, MPP
(416) 281-2787

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