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Provides links to resources in Canada with an interest in the prevention, control, or eradication of invasive species.

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First Case of Whirling Disease in Canada (Aug 25, 2016)
Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed the presence of Whirling Disease in fish in Johnson Lake in Banff National Park. This is the first case of whirling disease in Canada. The federal and provincial governments will work together to develop an appropriate response plan as additional information about the disease situation is confirmed.

Western Canada Unites in Fight Against Invasive Species (Jun 6, 2016)
Invasive Species Council of British Columbia.
A joint agreement among Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Yukon tightens the grip on invasive species. The Inter-Provincial Territorial Agreement for Co-ordinated Regional Defence Against Invasive Species is a step towards better co-ordination among jurisdictions on both prevention and co-ordinated response if invasive species are detected in Western Canada. The initial scope of this agreement will focus on aquatic invasive species.

Invasive Species Legislation Receives Royal Assent (Nov 3, 2015)
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.
Ontario is taking further action to protect communities from the significant social, economic and ecological impacts of invasive species by passing the Invasive Species Act. Today, the Act received Royal Assent, following its passage in the Legislature on October 21, 2015. This legislation will support the prevention, early detection, rapid response and eradication of invasive species, such as giant hogweed and northern snakehead. It will also:

  • Give Ontario the tools to ban the possession and transportation of certain invasive species
  • Allow for earlier intervention and rapid response to keep invasive species from spreading, for example by preventing the movement of contaminated firewood
  • Help ensure compliance through modernized inspection and enforcement measures.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Update (Jul 2015)
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food.
We have been actively monitoring for brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) since 2011. As of June 2015, we have confirmed BMSB has established (breeding) populations at 5 locations in Ontario, but based on trap captures of adults and homeowner finds, we suspect a much wider distribution. Most BMSB in Ontario have been found by homeowners, and in some locations, multiple reports indicate that local populations have been established. There have been almost 300 confirmed BMSB homeowner finds in Ontario to date!

Council or Task Force

Alberta Invasive Species Council
Alberta Invasive Species Council.
See also: Invasive Plant Mapping with EDDMapS Alberta

Invasive Plant Council of British Columbia
Invasive Plant Council of British Columbia.

Invasive Plants and Animals in Manitoba
Invasive Species Council of Manitoba.

Ontario Invasive Plant Council
Ontario Invasive Plant Council.

Yukon Invasive Species Council
Yukon Invasive Species Council.


Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters.

Invasive Alien Species in Canada
Canadian Wildlife Federation; Environment and Climate Change Canada. Hinterland Who's Who.

Manitoba Purple Loosestrife Project
Manitoba Purple Loosestrife Project.

International Government

Plant Health
British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture.

Invasive Plant Program and Biocontrol Development Program
British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations. Resource Practices Branch.

Aquatic Invasive Species
Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Plant Pests and Invasive Species
Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Wildlife, Plants and Species - Invasive Species
Government of Canada.

Forest Invasive Alien Species
Natural Resources Canada. Canadian Forest Service.

Stop the Spread of Invasive Species
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.

Crops and Irrigation - Weeds
Government of Saskatchewan.


Invasive Species
University of British Columbia. Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia.


Vancouver Island & British Columbia Mainland's Grassroots Scotch Broom Containment Campaign - BroomBusters
Broombusters Invasive Plant Society.

Invasive Species
Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team.

Invasive Plants and Pests
Hamilton Conservation Authority.

Invasive Species Centre
Invasive Species Centre (Ontario).

Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan
Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan.

Don't Move a Mussel
Okanagan Basin Water Board. Okanagan Water Wise.

Invasive Species & Marine Shipping
ClearSeas Centre for Responsible Marine Shipping.

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Last Modified: Sep 11, 2018
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