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The Invasive Species Centre leads projects, in partnership with multiple stakeholders, that work to prevent or stop the spread of invasive species.


 


       

Supporting Policy & Invasive Species Management

The Invasive Species Centre works on a variety of policy and technical work to enhance invasive species management. We provide comments on policy changes or new legislation such as the Invasive Species Act and we write technical reports such as socio-economic risk assessments.

 


         
         
Forest Invasives Canada

Forest Invasives Canada is an indispensable resource for technical information on Canada's forest pests and pathogens. The Forest Invasives website consolidates science, practical electronic tools, and information on invasive forest pests for urban and commercial forestry professionals, practitioners, and landowners. This project is undertaken in cooperation with municipalities, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Natural Resources Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and funded in part by the Great Lakes Forest Alliance. 



 
         
          Asian Carp Canada

Funded by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Asian Carp Canada program engages environmental professionals and the Canadian public about the threat of Asian carps to the Great Lakes. It also builds practical response tools. The Asian Carp Canada website provides both French and English resources and information on the prevention, early detection and response. On a technical level, the project has produced a webinar series, and a secure database of contacts and resources to enhance response capacity.


 
         
         

Early Detection & Rapid Response Network Ontario

The Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) Network Ontario is a citizen science project jointly managed by the Invasive Species Centre and the Ontario Invasive Plant Council, and funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The EDRR Network aims to train and equip citizens with the skills and resources needed to detect and prevent invasive species from establishing in Ontario. 



 
         
          Investing: Funding Projects

Since its inception, the Invasive Species Centre has managed a grant program with funding provided by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry to provide seed funding for worthy projects in natural and applied science, policy research, outreach and education.  The intention behind the grant program is to facilitate priority projects, and encourage partnerships, collaboration and leverage
 


         
         

Education Strategy

Consultation with education experts and the invasive species community to develop a five-year education strategy to take stock of current resources and gaps in invasive species-related content for Canadian educators and students. The outcomes of this work will connect Canadian educators with invasive species experts, provide professional development training and materials to support teachers in delivering invasive species-related content to students in JK-12. 


 
         
          Internship Program

The Invasive Species Centre continues to invest in graduate internships and work placements to build capacity in invasive species management and provide opportunities for new talent to gain exposure to the invasive species community.