Permits

Scientific Collector’s Authorization

In Ontario, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) regulates the collection, transportation, rearing, and/or release of any wildlife species scheduled in the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act.

As a scheduled wildlife species, the Monarch butterfly is protected under this Act; to conduct activities that involve the collection, rearing, and/or releasing of Monarchs, special permission must be obtained from the MNRF by applying for a Wildlife Scientific Collector’s Authorization (WSCA), and complying with any terms of approval.

monarch butterflies in collector net

Monarch Teacher Network of Canada is supportive of any legislation that seeks to protect our wildlife, and encourage our graduates to educate others about the value and importance of such laws.

Through MTN of Canada workshops, participants acquire both the knowledge and training to become skilled at rearing, tagging, and releasing Monarch butterflies — and this is recognized by the MNRF, in that our workshop graduates are eligible to be included on the WSCA issued to Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA).

TRCA’s authorization allows teachers to:

  • Capture/raise and or/release up to 20 Monarchs in total per classroom, in accordance with the procedures outlined in the Animal Care and Handling Protocol.
  • Capture and tag for immediate release an unlimited number of adult Monarch butterflies.

Graduates who accept these terms and conditions and wish to be included on TRCA’s authorization are invited to register/renew annually.

For further information, or to renew your permit, please contact:

Rachel Stewart
Project Manager, Education, Training and Outreach
416-661-6600 x 5880
rstewart@trca.on.ca