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In Ontario, the Permit to Take Water process is one of the remaining regulatory barriers to restoring, enhancing and managing wetlands. But there’s good news; the province has proposed an exemption for wetland conservation activities. YOU can help make this exemption a reality. We can help you SPEAK OUT for wetlands, but time is of the essence – deadline for comments is April 20th.

Welcome to Ontario, known as the land of a thousand lakes! From the fertile farmland in the south, to the rocky, mineral-rich Canadian Shield, to the grassy lowlands of the north, Ontario is rich in forests, wetlands, lakes and streams.

Ontario’s wetlands are critical for waterfowl. They annually support more than 3 million breeding waterfowl and provide important stopover areas for more than 10 million during spring and fall migration.

Ontario is also home to 13 million people. Most live in the southern portion of the province however people in communities all across the province, both rural and in urban centres, also depend on wetlands for the recreational, economic and environmental services they provide.


Despite all the benefits wetlands provide, they continue to be lost. As Ontario’s population continues to grow, so does the potential for loss and degradation of wetlands due to human activities.

Did you know southern Ontario has lost at least 72 per cent of its wetlands?

It’s true! Despite the fact that wetlands are one of the most biologically-diverse ecosystems on the planet – second only to rainforests – wetlands continue to be lost. Urban sprawl, infrastructure projects and agriculture expansion associated with southern Ontario’s large population base have resulted in the loss of 72 per cent of its historic, large wetlands over the last 200 years.

Research shows:

Protection of existing wetlands and restoration of lost or degraded wetlands is critical to a healthy, productive Ontario landscape. Wildlife, our water resources and the social and economic health of our communities depend on it.

Check out current habitat conditions in Ontario.


Ontario Provincial Office
740 Huronia Road, Unit 1
Barrie, ON L4N 6C6
Tel: 705-721-4444
Fax: 705-721-4999
Email: du_barrie@ducks.ca
Toll-free: 1-888-402-4444