The Council

The Ontario Biodiversity Council was created in 2005 in fulfillment of an action in the province’s first Ontario’s Biodiversity Strategy. Council members represent conservation and environmental groups, industry associations, Indigenous organizations, academia and government agencies.

The Ontario Biodiversity Council recognizes the importance of biodiversity and is taking steps to conserve it as an essential part of building an ecologically sustainable and strong future for the province. Council promotes the view that our wealth and prosperity, our quality of life and our well-being are directly tied to the province’s biological diversity. Council also recognizes that no single government, conservation organization or sector can deliver the scale of change required to achieve the vision in Ontario’s Biodiversity Strategy. Per the 2005 Strategy, Council works to promote the understanding that: “Protecting the diversity of life on Earth – of which we humans are an integral part – requires broad societal consensus and participation. It is a challenge not for some of us, but for all of us.”

Ontario Biodiversity Council Members

Biodiversity Education and Awareness Network

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The Biodiversity Education and Awareness Network (BEAN) connects scientists and governments with teachers, parents and students to provide education and practical actions to recover and prevent the loss of biodiversity in the province.

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Biodiversity Institute of Ontario

The Biodiversity Institute of Ontario at the University of Guelph (BIO) is an institute dedicated to the study of biodiversity at multiple levels of biological organization, with particular emphasis placed upon the study of biodiversity at the species level.

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Bird Studies Canada

Bird Studies Canada’s mission is to conserve wild birds of Canada through sound science, on-the-ground actions, innovative partnerships, public engagement, and science-based advocacy.

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Our Strategic Direction

Download an outline of council’s vision, values, and description of success.

Ontario’s Biodiversity Poster

Download a poster developed by the Ontario Biodiversity Council and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.