Making Policy Impacts in Ottawa
On October 9, 2018, the Invasive Species Centre was honoured to give testimony to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural Resources. We provided our insights on the spread of forest pests from the unique perspective of a not-for-profit collaborator who helps bridge research with the people who use that research. At the request of the standing committee, the Invasive Species Centre proposed the following next steps.
With an expected increase in invasions and outbreaks in the future, we must focus on a state of preparedness, including:
• The Federal Government with the support of their partner network should scan the horizon: be proactive and prepare for future invasions.
• An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Future strategies and enhanced investments by the Federal Government should focus on early stages of an invasion or outbreak: prevention and early detection.
• Early detection and rapid, sustained response to an invasive species is critical to reduce long term economic, environmental, and social impacts.
• A national fund that could be established by the Federal Government in collaboration with their Provincial partners would mitigate costly delays and support response in an efficient way.
• The Federal Government could improve outcomes by increased investment and streamlining processes in existing partnerships and collaborative networks (both domestic and international)
We are looking forward to positive policy outcomes that may come out of this investigation by the Canadian government.