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Report on Outstanding Species at Risk
Last update July 2008

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 COSEWICfor 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 (8 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 NUBC 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
  • COSEWIC Reassessment: April 2008, Special Concern. Consultations occur prior to Governor in Council Receipt.Footnote a

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

Batch 1 Aquatic, Referred back (5 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 receiptFootnote a.
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 receiptFootnote a.
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 receiptFootnote a.
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 receiptFootnote a.
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

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
BCEndangered
  • Governor 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 ReceiptFootnote a: 26 Apr 2007, decision required by 26 Jan 2008.
  • Listed on Schedule 1 of SARA as endangered on 13 December 2007.
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. See Rationale for decision
  • 15 Dec 2006: COSEWIC reaffirmed their original assessment.
  • Governor in Council ReceiptFootnote a: 12 June 2008, decision required by 12 March 2009.

Batch 3 Aquatic, Extended Consultations (16 species)

Batch 3 Aquatic, Extended Consultations complete (6 species)
SpeciesRangeCOSEWIC StatusCurrent Situation
Bering Cisco
(Coregonus laurettae)
YTSpecial Concern
  • Governor in Council Receipt: 26 Apr 2007, decision required by 26 Jan 2008.
  • Not listed on Schedule 1 of SARA on 13 December 2007. See Rationale for decision
Black Redhorse
(Moxostoma duquesnei)
ONThreatened
  • Governor in Council Receipt: 26 Apr 2007, decision required by 26 Jan 2008.
  • Not listed on Schedule 1 of SARA on 13 December 2007. See Rationale for decision
Bowhead Whale
(Balaena mysticetus)
Bering-Chukchi-Beaufort population
Arctic OceanSpecial Concern
  • Governor in Council Receipt: 26 Apr 2007, decision required by 26 Jan 2008.
  • Listed on Schedule 1 of SARA as a species of special concern on 13 December 2007.
Copper Redhorse
(Moxostoma hubbsi)
QCEndangered
  • Governor in Council Receipt: 26 Apr 2007, decision required by 26 Jan 2008.
  • Listed on Schedule 1 of SARA as endangered on 13 December 2007.
Shortnose Cisco
(Coregonus reighardi)
ONEndangered
  • Governor in Council Receipt: 26 Apr 2007, decision required by 26 Jan 2008.
  • Listed on Schedule 1 of SARA as endangered on 13 December 2007.
Upper Great Lakes Kiyi
(Coregonus kiyi kiyi)
ONSpecial Concern
  • Governor in Council Receipt: 26 Apr 2007, decision required by 26 Jan 2008.
  • Listed on Schedule 1 of SARA as a species of special concern on 13 December 2007.
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 receiptFootnote a.
Bowhead Whale
(Balaena mysticetus)
Davis Strait-Baffin Bay population
Arctic OceanThreatenedConsultations occur prior to Governor in Council receiptFootnote a.
Narwhal
(Monodon monoceros)
Arctic OceanSpecial ConcernConsultations occur prior to Governor in Council receiptFootnote a.
Shortnose Sturgeon
(Acipenser brevirostrum)
NBSpecial ConcernGovernor in Council receiptFootnote a: 12 June 2008; decision required by 12 March 2009.
Striped Bass
(Morone saxatilis)
Bay of Fundy population
NB NS Atlantic OceanThreatenedConsultations occur prior to Governor in Council receiptFootnote a.
Striped Bass
(Morone saxatilis)
Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence population
QC NB PE NS Atlantic OceanThreatenedConsultations occur prior to Governor in Council receiptFootnote a.
Striped Bass
(Morone saxatilis)
St. Lawrence Estuary population
QC Atlantic OceanExtirpatedConsultations occur prior to Governor in Council receiptFootnote a.
Winter Skate
(Leucoraja ocellata)
Eastern Scotian Shelf population
Atlantic OceanThreatenedConsultations occur prior to Governor in Council receiptFootnote a.
Winter Skate
(Leucoraja ocellata)
Georges Bank-Western Scotian Shelf-Bay of Fundy population
Atlantic OceanSpecial ConcernConsultations occur prior to Governor in Council receiptFootnote a.
Winter Skate
(Leucoraja ocellata)
Southern Gulf population
Atlantic OceanEndangeredConsultations occur prior to Governor in Council receiptFootnote a.

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 NLEndangeredGovernor in Council receiptFootnote a: 12 June 2008; decision required by 12 March 2009.
Lake Erie Watersnake
(Nerodia sipedon insularum)
ONEndangeredGovernor in Council receiptFootnote a: 12 June 2008; decision required by 12 March 2009.
Rusty Blackbird
(Euphagus carolinus)
YT NT NU BC AB SK MB ON QC NB PE NS NLSpecial ConcernGovernor in Council receiptFootnote a: 12 June 2008; decision required by 12 March 2009.

 

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 receiptFootnote a.
Atlantic Salmon
(Salmo salar)
Lake Ontario population
ONExtirpatedConsultations occur prior to Governor in Council receiptFootnote a.
Atlantic Walrus
(Odobenus rosmarus rosmarus)
NU MB ON QC NB PE NS NL Arctic OceanSpecial ConcernConsultations occur prior to Governor in Council receiptFootnote a.
Blue Shark
(Prionace glauca)
Atlantic population
Atlantic OceanSpecial ConcernConsultations occur prior to Governor in Council receiptFootnote a.
Chinook Salmon
(Oncorhynchus tshawytscha)
Okanagan population
BC Pacific OceanThreatenedConsultations occur prior to Governor in Council receiptFootnote a.
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 receiptFootnote a.
Mapleleaf Mussel
(Quadrula quadrula)
Great Lakes - Western St. Lawrence population
ONThreatenedConsultations occur prior to Governor in Council receiptFootnote a.
Mapleleaf Mussel
(Quadrula quadrula)
Saskatchewan - Nelson population
MBEndangeredConsultations occur prior to Governor in Council receiptFootnote a.
Northern Fur Seal
(Callorhinus ursinus)
BC Pacific OceanThreatenedGovernor in Council receiptFootnote a: 12 June 2008; decision required by 12 March 2009.
Rainbow Mussel
(Villosa iris)
ONEndangeredConsultations occur prior to Governor in Council receiptFootnote a.
Shortfin Mako
(Isurus oxyrinchus)
Atlantic population
Atlantic OceanThreatenedConsultations occur prior to Governor in Council receiptFootnote a.
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.
  • Governor in Council receiptFootnote a: 12 June 2008; decision required by 12 March 2009.
White Shark
(Carcharodon carcharias)
Atlantic population
Atlantic OceanEndangeredConsultations occur prior to Governor in Council receiptFootnote a.

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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