Updated general status assessments
In the different reports of the Wild Species series, some changes in the general status of species may have been observed. The first step for provinces and territories was to check for changes to the species list. These could include new species, taxonomic changes and correction of errors. Additional species were assessed using the criteria for new general status assessments, described above. The next step was to compare species that occurred in the different reports of the Wild Species series. For each species, if no major change in abundance, distribution, trends or threats was found to have occurred, or if no new information was available, the species usually retained the rank it was given in the previous report. If major changes were believed to have occurred, or if new information was available (e.g. a new COSEWIC status assessment, or a new survey showing a broader distribution), the species was reassessed using the same criteria as for a new general status assessment.