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Species at Risk

The number of plant and animal species at risk of disappearing in Canada is 345 and the list is growing. The reasons can be as varied and complex as the species themselves, however, many result from human activity.

Plants, animals and microorganisms are essential to the natural processes that keep the Earth’s atmosphere, climate, landscape and water in balance. They help ensure our health and economic prosperity – now and for the future.

This is why the Government of Canada introduced the Species at Risk Act to protect endangered and threatened species and the spaces they need to flourish.

Find out how Environment Canada works with a host of Canadians to protect species at risk:

E-permitting System 
Apply on-line for wildlife-related permits issued by Environment Canada.

Species at Risk Public Registry
Access information and share your opinions.

Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada
Learn about wildlife species assessment and classification.

Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk
Find out about conservation and protection projects across Canada.

Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk
Find out if your conservation or recovery project is eligible for funding.

Interdepartmental Recovery Fund
Read about recovery activities on federal lands and under federal jurisdictions.