Science & Research

Polar bear in water

Learn how MNR scientists study the effects of climate change on polar bears on Hudson Bay

Lake trout

See MNR scientists tagging lake trout in Lake Opeongo in Algonquin Park

By better understanding Ontario's lands, waters, forests, parks, fish and wildlife, we can do a better job of protecting and managing them. That's why science and research are such an important part of our work.


MNR scientists work on a broad range of projects – from how to sustain peatlands and polar bears in the Far North, to harvesting forest biomass for fuel in central Ontario, to restoring American eel in Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.


Science Information


Natural Heritage Information Centre
Works with conservation partners to share information and expertise on the rare species, ecological communities and natural areas of Ontario
Inventory, Monitoring and Assessment
Coordinates Ontario's enhanced forest resources inventory, growth and yield, ecological land classification, wildlife assessment and forest health monitoring
Regional Science and Information Units
Provide scientific expertise, information and tools to MNR staff and partners who manage Ontario’s natural resources

Fish and Wildlife Research


Wildlife Research
Applied research on wildlife and wildlife habitat
Aquatic Research
Applied research on aquatic resources
Rabies in Ontario
Applied research on rabies and co-ordination of the rabies control program

Forest Research


Ontario Forest Research Institute
Applied research on forests, especially the effects of human activities and natural disturbance
Centre for Northern Forest Ecosystem Research
Applied research on the effects of forestry practices on boreal ecosystems, including wildlife and fish habitat and tourism values

Parks Research


Ontario Parks
Ontario's provincial parks protect a range of earth and life science features and historical resources, and attract 10 million visits each year. Find out how to apply to conduct research in an Ontario provincial park.

Research and Science Publications


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