Scientific Collector's Permits

Monarch Butterflies

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 Act. As a scheduled wildlife species, the Monarch butterfly is protected under this Act, meaning that to be able to collect, rear, and/or release Monarchs, one must obtain permission from the MNRF to participate in these activities by applying for and receiving a Wildlife Scientific Collector's Authorization from the MNRF, and complying with any terms of approval.

MTN of Canada is supportive of any legislation which seeks to protect our wildlife and are happy to support our graduates in educating others about the value and importance of such laws. Through the MTN of Canada workshops, our participants acquire both the knowledge and training to become skilled at rearing, tagging, and releasing Monarch butterflies, and this is recognized by the MNRF to the extent that our workshop graduates are eligible to be included on the Authorization issued to the Monarch Teacher’s Network.

The permit will allow teachers to capture/raise and or/release up to 20 Monarchs in total/classroom, as per the handling and care procedures outlined in the  Animal Care and Handling Protocol, and capture and tag for immediate release an unlimited number of Monarchs. Graduates that accept these terms and conditions and wish to be included on TRCA's permit are invited to register using the button below.

Eventbrite - MTN of Canada | 2016 Wildlife Scientific Collector's Authorization Sign-Up

Questions? Please contact Nancy McGee at or (416) 661-6600, ext. 5877



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