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Leading Projects

The Invasive Species Centre leads projects with multiple stakeholders to: generate reliable and timely information, translate findings and disseminate information to a broad base of stakeholders, educate youth and raise greater awareness among the general public of the threat of invasive species.


2015 - 2016 Invasive Species Centre Workplan.


Project Area Highlights

Asian Carp Canada

The Asian Carp Canada website provides both French and English resources and information on the prevention, early detection and response to the threat of Asian Carp in the Great Lakes. Asian Carp Canada has provided public education tools such as informative billboards, Spot the Difference posters, and a planned exhibit at the Toronto Zoo. On a technical level, the project has produced a webinar series, and a secure database of contacts and resources to enhance response capacity to the threat of Asian Carp in the Great Lakes. This project is funded by and undertaken in cooperation with Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Visit the Asiancarp.ca site by clicking here



Forest Invasives Canada

Forest Invasives Canada is an indispensable resource for technical information on Canada's forest pests and pathogens. The Forest Invasives website, found here, 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. 


      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 Ontario is being piloted in four areas: Sault Ste. Marie, Thunder Bay, Halton Region and the Region of Peel. 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. 


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. Learn more about invasive species education on our Outreach and Education page.


      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.