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Our Network of Partners

The strength of the Invasive Species Centre lies in its broad network of partnerships. Invasive species are dynamic and trans-boundary which only reaffirms the importance of collaboration on this issue. We thank all of our partners for their dedication of time, resources and expertise - your contributions have been indispensable to invasive species management across Canada. 

Founding Partners

The Founding Government Partners put the Invasive Species Centre on its trajectory to the present. Their commitment to invasive species management and faith in the organization’s capacity has made the Invasive Species Centre what it is today. 

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (OMNRF) works to promote healthy, sustainable ecosystems and conserve biodiversity. OMNRF helps to conduct scientific research, promote conservation, implement policy, and protect natural resources. OMNRF helped to create the Invasive Species Centre and the Invading Species Awareness Program to help fight invasive species and conserve biodiversity in Ontario.

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Fisheries and Oceans Canada

DFO is the governing body for aquatic activities. They set out policies and regulations, manage aquaculture and other industries, conduct research, and control fishing and boating activities. DFO manages many aquatic invasive species such as Sea Lamprey. The research done by DFO led to successful changes in the ballast water regulations of Transport Canada. DFO is now working towards preventing the spread of Asian Carp into the Great Lakes.

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Natural Resources Canada

The Canadian Forest Service (CFS) is the national and international voice for the Canadian forest sector. It is part of Natural Resources Canada, a federal government department. The CFS provides science and policy expertise and advice on national forest sector issues, working in close collaboration with the provinces and territories. 

Today, the CFS is pursuing its vision of a robust, globally competitive forest sector firmly underpinned by healthy, productive and sustainable forests. Achieving this vision is critical to ensuring the long-term economic success of the sector and the sustainable management of this important renewable resource.

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Canadian Food Inspection Agency

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is responsible for mitigating risks to Canada's food safety as well as to animal and plant resources.  This is integral to a safe and accessible food supply, as well as to public health, and environmental and economic sustainability. The CFIA’s Plant Program aims to prevent the entry or establishment of new regulated plant pests and to limit the spread of regulated pests that are already present. Examples of these pests include invasive plants such as devil’s– tail tearthumb and forest pests such as Emerald Ash Borer. Additional information on the CFIA’s Plant Protection Program is available on the CFIA’s website.

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Our Supporters

The generous support of our past and present funders has allowed the Invasive Species Centre to work diligently towards its goals. With their financial backing we have been able to progress as an organization to continue connecting the stakeholders, knowledge and technology needed to fight invasive species in Canada. 

  Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
  Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  Ontario Trillium Foundation
  Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation
  Natural Resources Canada


 Canadian Food Inspection Agency
  Great Lakes Forest Alliance

City of Sault Ste. Marie 


Project Partners


These organizations have contributed to our efforts in managing invasive species by helping to mobilize action and generate timely results. 

Funding Recipients

Through a grant program, the Invasive Species Centre has supported projects from the following organizations as they build management capacity and contribute to invasive species knowledge. 

 Aquatic Ecosystems Restoration Fund Cain Vegetation Inc.  
 Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network  Chiefs of Ontario
 Ducks Unlimited Canada Forest Protection Ltd. 
 French Planning Services  Institute for Watershed Science
 International Joint Commission  Invasive Species Research Institute
 McGill University Nature Conservancy of Canada
 Ontario Parks Ontario Streams
 Queen's University Trent University
 University of Alberta University of Florida
 University of Guelph University of Toronto
 University of Windsor Urban Forest Associates Inc.
 Green Teacher