Welcome to our Ontario Field Office! The Wilderness Committee began working in Ontario in the early 90s with a chapter of concerned citizens in Ottawa looking to speak up for wilderness and wildlife on the doorstep of Canada’s parliament. Back then we were fighting phase two of the James Bay hydroelectric-power development. We established our Toronto office in the mid-90s and a door-to-door canvass to spread the word and garner support for our work protecting wild places. This canvass has expanded to other municipalities and now thousands of Ontario residents have joined our movement to protect wilderness and wildlife and fight for a healthy climate. 

We are on the ground working to defend endangered species, from wild pollinators like bees to the elusive boreal woodland caribou. We advocate for stronger and well-enforced federal species at risk legislation and have won precedent-setting legal victories when the legislation isn't followed. On the heels of massive bee and wild pollinator deaths in 2013 linked to the use of neonicotinoid (neonics) pesticides on corn and soybean crops in Ontario and Quebec, we strive to ban these harmful products. Our Ontario parks defence campaign takes us on the ground in Algonquin provincial park as the last Ontario park being desecrated by commercial logging. Our work for a safe climate supports transitioning to a low-carbon economy and fighting against damaging, carbon-intensive industries. 

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Photo: Chris Bidleman
Photo: Chris Bidleman
A specific class of pesticides called neonicotinoids (neonics) are harmful to bees and it’s slowly being recognized and banned, all over the world but Canada still hasn’t banned this harmful pesticide. Bees may be small, but the impact they have on our environment – and our daily lives – is immense.
Caribou are an iconic species, featured prominently on Canada’s 25-cent coin. Boreal woodland caribou are a variety of caribou, related to the caribou living in the north. Boreal caribou live in forests, and travel much shorter distances every year, if at all.
For years, we’ve stood up for a healthy climate in Canada by opposing new fossil fuel infrastructure. But parallel to this fight is to create a vision for the communities we want to live in.
Photo: Mike Grandmaison
Photo: Mike Grandmaison
Canada’s nature is the envy of the world but our Species at Risk Act isn’t effective enough. A recent study showed that over 50% of Canadian wildlife species are experiencing population declines. So you might be asking yourself, how can over half of Canadian wildlife be declining if we have a Species at Risk Act that is supposed to protect them?
Healthy freshwater is a provider, both for us and for nature. The plants that we rely on for food and shelter need clean water, animals need water, and freshwater fisheries are a sustaining part of Indigenous peoples. We need clean drinking water for ourselves and use water to keep our households and cities clean and sanitary. The land we live on and care for is filled with freshwater. It is our responsibility to care for it.
Logging, mining, and hydroelectric development all threaten the Heart of the Boreal right now. The Wilderness Committee is working to ensure that the majority of the Heart of the Boreal is preserved with large, interconnected protected areas, and that the vision and values of First Nations involved are honoured and respected.
The nature found in Ontario’s provincial parks is an enormous gift for future generations — old-growth forests and freshwater lakes are an incredible destination for us to visit and gain solace. Algonquin Provincial Park was the first park in Ontario but it is also the most at risk park in the province, as almost two-thirds of Algonquin Provincial Park is designated for industrial logging.
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207 - 425 Queen Street W.
Toronto, ON
M5V 2A5

(416) 849-6520

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