Biodiversity in Ontario - Protecting What Sustains Us

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What is Biodiversity?


Biodiversity is a scientific word for the incredible variety of life on Earth, from the tiniest insect to a vast northern forest.

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Why is Biodiversity Important?


Biodiversity is about being connected. All species, including humans, depend on each other to survive.



biodiversity: it’s in our nature

In Ontario we are fortunate to be surrounded by a spectacular environment with an amazing abundance and variety of natural wealth and beauty. We live in a province that is home to many kinds of plants and animals as well as the forests, wetlands, lakes and rivers they live in – this is our biodiversity! Take a deep breath; that clean air is brought to you by biodiversity – have a drink of water; that too is provided by our biodiversity; so is the food we eat and the fibre we use; and we wouldn’t have our beautiful natural areas and outdoor recreation without biodiversity.


The Ontario Government is pleased to release Biodiversity: It's in Our Nature. This is an ambitious implementation plan that sets out the actions the government will undertake to contribute to the vision and goals outlined in Ontario's Biodiversity Strategy 2011, released by the Ontario Biodiversity Council in 2011. This plan will enable the province, together with our partners, to better work toward halting biodiversity loss and advancing recovery. We invite you to read the implementation plan and learn more about what the Ontario Government is doing.


So, next time you are surrounded by the wonder of our natural world, just think about all of our amazing biodiversity – after all; life really is brought to you by biodiversity!

Ontario's Biodiversity Strategy, 2011

June 22, 2011 — The Ontario Biodiversity Council has released a renewed biodiversity strategy for the province, calling on governments, conservation groups, industry and all Ontarians to help in protecting what sustains us.


The Ontario Biodiversity Council recognizes the importance of biodiversity and is taking steps to conserve it as an essential part of building a strong and prosperous future for our province. Ontario’s Biodiversity Strategy, 2011 provides a renewed commitment to safeguard Ontario’s variety of species and ecosystems and puts forward an ambitious but practical conservation agenda.


Click here to read Ontario’s Biodiversity Strategy, 2011: Renewing our Commitment to Protecting What Sustains Us.

What You Can Do To Protect Biodiversity

What You Can Do To Protect Biodiversity
We can all play a part in protecting biodiversity. Here are some ideas to get you started.
  We Can Help You

We Can Help You
We are working hard to protect Ontario's biodiversity. Our list of programs and tools can help you get involved.

Do You Want to Know?

International Year of Biodiversity 2010 Reports   Our World Ontario, Video   Biodiversity Strategy