Why is this work being done?
Invasive species include plants and insects that are introduced to Canada from other places and whose spread threatens the environment, economy, or society, including human health. The effects of invasive species are often irreversible and once established, they are extremely difficult and costly to control and eradicate.
In Canada, Ontario is at the highest risk for invasive species introductions and plays host to more invasive species than any other province or territory.
The early detection of, and rapid response to, invasive plants and insects increases the possibility of controlling and potentially eradicating these species before they become established, or spread further across the landscape.
What will be done?
This pilot initiative aims to systematically create, train and equip an Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) network to provide eyes on the ground to detect, track, respond to, and control invasive plants and insects in four pilot areas in Northern and Southern Ontario (Sault Ste. Marie, Thunder Bay, Credit Valley Conservation Watershed and Conservation Halton Watershed). The goal is to work with existing networks of experts, municipalities, landowners, community groups and volunteers to empower citizens to take action in invasive species issues within their community.