According to the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada, there are currently 444 plant and animal species at risk in Canada. The whooping crane, the North Atlantic right whale, the monarch and the blue ash are just a few examples. Another 12 species are already extinct.
The mandate of the Prairie and Northern Region - Canadian Wildlife Service is to conserve and protect the water, wildlife and ecosystems of the Prairie provinces, Northwest Territories and Nunavut through the ongoing application, advancement and communication of scientific knowledge. The Branch administers over 116,000 square kilometres of nationally significant habitat located in National Wildlife Areas and Migratory Bird Sanctuaries throughout the region.
The Government of Canada has enacted a number of Acts and Regulations to protect biodiversity, including: