Welcome to our Ontario 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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You and I know there’s no shortage of work to do on behalf of endangered wilderness and wildlife in this province. None are better suited to continue creating a wilder Ontario than the Wilderness Committee - in a partnership with you! Help us keep boots on the ground! Since the start of all our Ontario campaigns we’ve...

Two bumblebees on a pink flower
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.

A polar bear walks across ice
Photo: Mike Grandmaison
Canada’s Species at Risk Act isn’t effective enough. A recent study showed that over 50% of wildlife species across the country are experiencing population declines. So you might be asking yourself, how can over half of wildlife be declining in Canada 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 vision and values of First Nations involved are honoured and respected, and that the majority of the Heart of the Boreal is preserved with large, interconnected protected areas.

Ontario has warmed 1.5°C since 1948 and is warming faster than the world average. We’ve seen the results in more extreme weather, flooding, the spread of diseases such as Lyme, warming lakes and rivers and increased food prices, forest fires and impacts on wildlife populations. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate...
Natural areas in Ontario have been and continue to be subject to intense pressure from colonial activities. From mining, logging, urban sprawl, agriculture and polluting industrial practices, in many places ecosystems have been lost or severely degraded. The Wilderness Committee works to identify and protect precious...
The world is facing a biodiversity crisis. Habitat loss and climate change are pushing more than a million species towards extinction. In Ontario, over 230 native animals and plants are identified as at-risk. At a time when we should be working to help endangered species, the Ontario government is making it easier to...
Defending the nature found in provincial parks in the lands now called Ontario is our responsibility to 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.
The province of Ontario has a multitude of laws and regulations developed over the decades to balance protections for wetlands, woodlands, wildlife and human health with urban, agricultural and industrial development. It was the first province to enact an Environmental Bill of Rights giving citizens the opportunity to...

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