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Report on Outstanding Species at Risk
Last update November 2007

Under the Species at Risk Act (SARA), the Governor in Council can, within nine months of receiving an assessment of the status of a species by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC), either;

  1. accept the assessment and add the species to Schedule 1;
  2. decide to not add the species to Schedule 1; or
  3. refer the assessment back to COSEWIC for further information or consideration.

The current status of species under extended consultations or for which a Not List decision was made by the GiC to accommodate further consultations. Decisions to Refer species back to COSEWIC for further consideration are also included.

Batch 1 - Species submitted by COSEWIC to the Minister of the Environment on January 15, 2004 (10 species)

Batch 1 - Terrestrial species not added to Schedule 1 of SARA (3 species)

Batch 1 Terrestrial, Not Listed (2 species)
SpeciesRangeCOSEWIC StatusCurrent Situation
Grizzly Bear
(Ursus arctos)
Northwestern population
YT NT NU BC ABSpecial ConcernGovernor in Council Decision: 12 Jan 2005. Not listed at this time, pending completion of a consultation process with the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board. See Rationale for decision
Wolverine
(Gulo gulo)
Western population
YT NT NU BC AB SK MB ONSpecial ConcernGovernor in Council Decision: 12 Jan 2005. Not listed at this time, pending completion of a consultation process with the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board. See Rationale for decision

 

Batch 1 Terrestrial, Referred back (1 species)
SpeciesRangeCOSEWIC StatusCurrent Situation
Polar Bear
(Ursus maritimus)
YT NT NU MB ON QC NL Arctic OceanSpecial Concern
  • Governor in Council Decision: 12 Jan 2005. Not listed at this time, pending completion of a consultation process with the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board. See Rationale for decision
  • Governor in Council Decision: 14 Jul 2005. Referred back to COSEWIC for further information or consideration. See Rationale for decision

Batch 1 - Aquatic species not added to Schedule 1 of SARA (7 species)

Batch 1 Aquatic, Referred back (7 species)
SpeciesRangeCOSEWIC StatusCurrent Situation
Atlantic Cod
(Gadus morhua)
Arctic population
Arctic OceanSpecial Concern
  • Governor in Council Decision: 06 Apr 2006. Referred back to COSEWIC for further information or consideration. See Rationale for decision
  • 15 Dec 2006: COSEWIC reaffirmed their original assessment. Consultations occur prior to Governor in Council receiptFootnotea.
Bocaccio
(Sebastes paucispinis)
Pacific OceanThreatened
  • Governor in Council Decision: 06 Apr 2006. Referred back to COSEWIC for further information or consideration. See Rationale for decision
  • 15 Dec 2006: COSEWIC reaffirmed their original assessment. Consultations occur prior to Governor in Council receiptFootnotea.
Cusk
(Brosme brosme)
Atlantic OceanThreatened
  • Governor in Council Decision: 06 Apr 2006. Referred back to COSEWIC for further information or consideration. See Rationale for decision
  • 15 Dec 2006: COSEWIC reaffirmed their original assessment. Consultations occur prior to Governor in Council receiptFootnotea.
Harbour Porpoise
(Phocoena phocoena)
Northwest Atlantic population
Atlantic OceanSpecial ConcernSee below under Batch 4.
Lake Winnipeg Physa Snail
(Physa sp.)
MBEndangered
  • Governor in Council Decision: 06 Apr 2006. Referred back to COSEWIC for further information or consideration. See Rationale for decision
  • 15 Dec 2006: COSEWIC reaffirmed their original assessment. Consultations occur prior to Governor in Council receiptFootnotea.
Shortjaw Cisco
(Coregonus zenithicus)
NT AB SK MB ONThreatenedGovernor in Council Decision: 06 Apr 2006. Referred back to COSEWIC for further information or consideration. See Rationale for decision
Speckled Dace
(Rhinichthys osculus)
BCEndangeredSee below under Batch 4.

Batch 2 - Species submitted by COSEWIC to the Minister of the Environment on July 19, 2004 (10 species)

Batch 2 - Terrestrial species not added to Schedule 1 of SARA (5 species)

Batch 2 Terrestrial Not Listed (4)
SpeciesRangeCOSEWIC StatusCurrent Situation
Barren-ground Caribou
(Rangifer tarandus groenlandicus)
Dolphin and Union population
NT NUSpecial ConcernGovernor in Council Decision: 14 Jul 2005. Not listed at this time, pending completion of a consultation process with the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board. See Rationale for decision
Peary Caribou
(Rangifer tarandus pearyi)
NT NUEndangeredGovernor in Council Decision: 14 Jul 2005. Not listed at this time, pending completion of a consultation process with the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board. See Rationale for decision
Plains Bison
(Bison bison bison)
BC AB SK MBThreatenedGiC decision: 14 July 2005. Not listed at this time, for potential economic implications for the Canadian bison industry. See Rationale for decision
Porsild's Bryum
(Mielichhoferia macrocarpa)
NU BC AB NLThreatenedGovernor in Council Decision: 14 Jul 2005. Not listed at this time, pending completion of a consultation process with the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board. See Rationale for decision

 

Batch 2 Terrestrial Referred back (1)
SpeciesRangeCOSEWIC StatusCurrent Situation
Dwarf Woolly-heads
(Psilocarphus brevissimus)
Southern Mountain population
BCEndangeredGovernor in Council Decision: 14 Jul 2005. Referred back to COSEWIC for further information or consideration.

See Rationale for decision

COSEWIC re-assessment: April 2006.
Governor in Council ReceiptFootnotea: 26 Apr 2007, decision required by 26 Jan 2008.

 

Batch 2 - Aquatic species not added to Schedule 1 of SARA (5 species)
SpeciesRangeCOSEWIC StatusCurrent Situation
Beluga Whale
(Delphinapterus leucas)
Cumberland Sound population
NU Arctic OceanThreatenedGovernor in Council Decision: 15 Aug 2006. Not listed at this time, pending completion of a consultation process with the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board. See Rationale for decision
Beluga Whale
(Delphinapterus leucas)
Eastern High Arctic - Baffin Bay population
NU Arctic OceanSpecial ConcernGovernor in Council Decision: 15 Aug 2006. Not listed at this time, pending completion of a consultation process with the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board. See Rationale for decision
Beluga Whale
(Delphinapterus leucas)
Eastern Hudson Bay population
NU QC Arctic Ocean Atlantic OceanEndangeredGovernor in Council Decision: 15 Aug 2006. Not listed at this time, pending completion of a consultation process with the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board. See Rationale for decision
Beluga Whale
(Delphinapterus leucas)
Ungava Bay population
QC Arctic Ocean Atlantic OceanEndangeredGovernor in Council Decision: 15 Aug 2006. Not listed at this time, pending completion of a consultation process with the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board. See Rationale for decision
Beluga Whale
(Delphinapterus leucas)
Western Hudson Bay population
NU MB ON Arctic Ocean Atlantic OceanSpecial ConcernGovernor in Council Decision: 15 Aug 2006. Not listed at this time, pending completion of a consultation process with the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board. See Rationale for decision

Batch 3 - Species submitted by COSEWIC to the Minister of the Environment on August 8, 2005 (17 species

Batch 3 Terrestrial, Referred back (1 species)
SpeciesRangeCOSEWIC StatusCurrent Situation
Verna's Flower Moth
(Schinia verna)
AB SK MBThreatened
  • Governor in Council Decision: 15 Aug 2006. Referred back to COSEWIC for further information or consideration.
  • 15 Dec 2006: COSEWIC reaffirmed their original assessment. Consultations occur prior to Governor in Council receiptFootnotea. See Rationale for decision

Batch 3 Aquatic, Extended Consultations (16 species)

Batch 3 Aquatic, Extended Consultations complete (6 species)
SpeciesRangeCOSEWIC StatusCurrent Situation
Bering Cisco
(Coregonus laurettae)
YTSpecial ConcernGovernor in Council Receipt: 26 Apr 2007, decision required by 26 Jan 2008.
Black Redhorse
(Moxostoma duquesnei)
ONThreatenedGovernor in Council Receipt: 26 Apr 2007, decision required by 26 Jan 2008.
Bowhead Whale
(Balaena mysticetus)
Bering-Chukchi-Beaufort population
Arctic OceanSpecial ConcernGovernor in Council Receipt: 26 Apr 2007, decision required by 26 Jan 2008.
Copper Redhorse
(Moxostoma hubbsi)
QCEndangeredGovernor in Council Receipt: 26 Apr 2007, decision required by 26 Jan 2008.
Shortnose Cisco
(Coregonus reighardi)
ONEndangeredGovernor in Council Receipt: 26 Apr 2007, decision required by 26 Jan 2008.
Upper Great Lakes Kiyi
(Coregonus kiyi kiyi)
ONSpecial ConcernGovernor in Council Receipt: 26 Apr 2007, decision required by 26 Jan 2008.

 

Batch 3 Aquatic, Extended Consultations still ongoing (10 species)
SpeciesRangeCOSEWIC StatusCurrent Situation
Bowhead Whale
(Balaena mysticetus)
Hudson Bay-Foxe Basin population
Arctic OceanThreatenedConsultations occur prior to Governor in Council receiptFootnotea.
Bowhead Whale
(Balaena mysticetus)
Davis Strait-Baffin Bay population
Arctic OceanThreatenedConsultations occur prior to Governor in Council receiptFootnotea.
Narwhal
(Monodon monoceros)
Arctic OceanSpecial ConcernConsultations occur prior to Governor in Council receiptFootnotea.
Shortnose Sturgeon
(Acipenser brevirostrum)
NBSpecial ConcernConsultations occur prior to Governor in Council receiptFootnotea.
Striped Bass
(Morone saxatilis)
Bay of Fundy population
NB NS Atlantic OceanThreatenedConsultations occur prior to Governor in Council receiptFootnotea.
Striped Bass
(Morone saxatilis)
Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence population
QC NB PE NS Atlantic OceanThreatenedConsultations occur prior to Governor in Council receiptFootnotea.
Striped Bass
(Morone saxatilis)
St. Lawrence Estuary population
QC Atlantic OceanExtirpatedConsultations occur prior to Governor in Council receiptFootnotea.
Winter Skate
(Leucoraja ocellata)
Eastern Scotian Shelf population
Atlantic OceanThreatenedConsultations occur prior to Governor in Council receiptFootnotea.
Winter Skate
(Leucoraja ocellata)
Georges Bank-Western Scotian Shelf-Bay of Fundy population
Atlantic OceanSpecial ConcernConsultations occur prior to Governor in Council receiptFootnotea.
Winter Skate
(Leucoraja ocellata)
Southern Gulf population
Atlantic OceanEndangeredConsultations occur prior to Governor in Council receiptFootnotea.

Batch 4 - Species submitted by COSEWIC to the Minister of the Environment on August 31, 2006 (16 species)

Batch 4 - Terrestrial species following Extended consultations (3 species
SpeciesRangeCOSEWIC StatusCurrent Situation
Ivory Gull
(Pagophila eburnea)
NT NU NLEndangeredConsultations occur prior to Governor in Council receiptFootnotea.
Lake Erie Watersnake
(Nerodia sipedon insularum)
ONEndangeredConsultations occur prior to Governor in Council receiptFootnotea.
Rusty Blackbird
(Euphagus carolinus)
YT NT NU BC AB SK MB ON QC NB PE NS NLSpecial ConcernConsultations occur prior to Governor in Council receiptFootnotea.

 

Batch 4 - Aquatic species following Extended consultations (13 species)
SpeciesRangeCOSEWIC StatusCurrent Situation
American Eel
(Anguilla rostrata)
ON QC NB PE NS NL Atlantic OceanSpecial ConcernConsultations occur prior to Governor in Council receiptFootnotea.
Atlantic Salmon
(Salmo salar)
Lake Ontario population
ONExtirpatedConsultations occur prior to Governor in Council receiptFootnotea.
Atlantic Walrus
(Odobenus rosmarus rosmarus)
NU MB ON QC NB PE NS NL Arctic OceanSpecial ConcernConsultations occur prior to Governor in Council receiptFootnotea.
Blue Shark
(Prionace glauca)
Atlantic population
Atlantic OceanSpecial ConcernConsultations occur prior to Governor in Council receiptFootnotea.
Chinook Salmon
(Oncorhynchus tshawytscha)
Okanagan population
BC Pacific OceanThreatenedConsultations occur prior to Governor in Council receiptFootnotea.
Harbour Porpoise
(Phocoena phocoena)
Northwest Atlantic population
Atlantic OceanSpecial Concern
  • Governor in Council Decision: 06 Apr 2006. Referred back to COSEWIC for further information or consideration. See Rationale for decision
  • COSEWIC re-assessment: April 2006.
  • Consultations occur prior to Governor in Council receiptFootnotea.
Mapleleaf Mussel
(Quadrula quadrula)
Great Lakes - Western St. Lawrence population
ONThreatenedConsultations occur prior to Governor in Council receiptFootnotea.
Mapleleaf Mussel
(Quadrula quadrula)
Saskatchewan - Nelson population
MBEndangeredConsultations occur prior to Governor in Council receiptFootnotea.
Northern Fur Seal
(Callorhinus ursinus)
BC Pacific OceanThreatenedConsultations occur prior to Governor in Council receiptFootnotea.
Rainbow Mussel
(Villosa iris)
ONEndangeredConsultations occur prior to Governor in Council receiptFootnotea.
Shortfin Mako
(Isurus oxyrinchus)
Atlantic population
Atlantic OceanThreatenedConsultations occur prior to Governor in Council receiptFootnotea.
Speckled Dace
(Rhinichthys osculus)
BCEndangered
  • Governor in Council Decision: 12 Jan 2005. Referred back to COSEWIC for further information or consideration. See Rationale for decision
  • COSEWIC re-assessment: April 2006.
  • Consultations occur prior to Governor in Council receiptFootnotea.
White Shark
(Carcharodon carcharias)
Atlantic population
Atlantic OceanEndangeredConsultations occur prior to Governor in Council receiptFootnotea.

Footnotes

Footnote a

Under SARA, the Listing process begins with the receipt of a species assessment by the Governor in Council.

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