Green Energy Proponents

Development taking place within an area under the regulatory jurisdiction of a Conservation Authority may require permit approval from the Conservation Authority before work begins on-site. Additionally, Conservation Authorities may be a key source of information for preparation of green energy applications. Green energy proponents are encouraged to pre-consult with the local Conservation Authority to avoid potentially costly delays. 

Approvals Required

Conservation Authorities Act

Renewable energy projects may require approval under the Conservation Authorities Act on both private and public (Crown) land. Through the Conservation Authorities Development, Interference, and Alteration Regulations made under Section 28 of the Conservation Authorities Act, Conservation Authorities regulate development in or adjacent to river or stream valleys, Great Lakes, and inland lakes, watercourses, hazardous lands, and wetlands. Development taking place on these lands may require permission (with or without conditions) from the Conservation Authority to confirm that the control of flooding, erosion, dynamic beaches, or pollution is not affected. Conservation Authorities also regulate the straightening, changing or interfering in any way with a wetland. For an explanation of the process Conservation Authorities undertake when reviewing a Renewable Energy Project, review the Generic Flow Diagram

Possible Project Requirements

To help ensure a timely response, the following minimum information  may be requested/required in support of an application made under Section 28 of the Conservation Authorities Act for a renewable energy project. Please consult with your local Conservation Authority to review the requirements in advance of commencing any studies on the property. List of application criteria and property constraints

Technical Study Requirements

Once the constraints on a property have been identified, detailed study may be required. Any technical study requirements would be identified in consultation with the Conservation Authority reviewing the proposal. The following supporting technical study requirements  may be required to assess the impact of the project. As outlined in Section 28 (1)(b) and (c) of the Conservation Authorities Act, the purpose of these studies is to demonstrate the impact of the proposed development with respect to control of flooding, erosion, dynamic beaches, and pollution, and to assess interference to wetlands and watercourses. The studies required will be determined and scoped through the pre-consultation based on the location of the site, site characteristics and complexity of the proposed works. List of possible requirements