Committees

A group of people posing near a gardenThe OIPC currently has six committees, made-up of representatives from numerous sectors including government, non-government, academia, Aboriginal groups and industry. Our committees assist the OIPC in completing a number of key projects. The committees are open to participation by anyone with an interest in committee initiatives, as long as they have or will join the OIPC membership. Each committee works towards its goals and objectives by holding regular meetings to establish and discuss committee priorities and assigns tasks to individual committee members to complete. Over the course of the year, committees assess the work that is required of them and work according to their own schedules.

Please click a committee name below to learn more:

The Ontario Phragmites Working Group

The Ontario Phragmites Working Group (OPWG) is a committee of the OIPC and is composed of a group of dedicated people with an interest in working together to facilitate effective management of invasive Phragmites in Ontario. This initiative is aimed at reducing the current threats posed by this aggressive invasive plant to biodiversity and Species at Risk (SAR) through habitat protection and restoration. Specific goals focus on education, information sharing and investigation and pursuit of effective management options.

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The Communications Committee

The Communications Committee develops invasive plant communication and outreach material on behalf of the Council.  Projects that this committee have developed and are working on in collaboration with various partners include:

  • The May 24 x 24 cartoon campaign
  • Look Before Your Leave campaign
  • Public Service Announcements
  • Children’s “Invader Raiders” Activity Book (PDF)
  • Fact sheets on various invasive plants
  • Dog-strangling vine and water soldier signs
  • Social Media campaigns

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The Horticulture Outreach Committee

The Horticulture Outreach Committee (HOC) focuses on promoting the use of non-invasive horticultural plants within the retail sector and the public. This committee works closely with the horticulture industry to reduce the sale of invasive plants in Ontario.  Projects that this group has developed and are working on include:

  • The Northern and Southern Ontario Grow me instead Guide: a guide to non-invasive and native alternatives
  • The Grow Me Instead Nursery Recognition Program: a program to recognize nurseries who sell non-invasive and native alternatives
  • A Grow Me Instead bookmark, to promote the online and reduce paper copies
  • Grow Me Instead seed packets, also to promote the online guide and promote native plant species
  • Invasive plant tours for nursery owners and plant growers to showcase alternative plants and also areas where some common garden invaders have cause damage

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The Fundraising Committee

The OIPC Fundraising Committee works to secure organizational and project funding for the Council’s activities. This committee is currently inactive.

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The Research and Control Committee

The Research and Control Committee encourages the collaboration of invasive plant research across the Province.  The need for collaboration by various groups is extremely important considering the limited resources to deal with these plants.

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The Policy Committee

The OIPC Policy Committee works to strengthen internal OIPC polices and relevant provincial and municipal policies for the purpose of preventing and managing the spread of invasive plants. The policy committee has and is currently working on:

  • Addressing gaps and areas that need improvement in current OIPC business, staff and board policies
  • Addressing gaps and areas that need improvement in provincial and municipal policies that relate to invasive plants or ones that should in some way, relate to invasive plants
  • Assisting in the review and provide comment on any relevant Environmental Registry postings
  • Assisting in the review and provide comment on any relevant municipal policy changes
  • Developing a list of current, relevant government policies and their objectives

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