Conservation Authorities Act

The Conservation Authorities Act has been passed. Read Conservation Ontario's news release.

Ontario’s 36 Conservation Authorities fall under the jurisdiction of the Conservation Authorities Act.

The Act was created by the Ontario Provincial Legislature in 1946 to ensure the conservation, restoration and responsible management of Ontario’s natural resources through programs that balance human, environmental and economic needs. The Act authorizes the formation of Conservation Authorities.

Conservation Ontario and the Conservation Authorities provided input to the review and are pleased with the changes being proposed by the government. 

Working with Conservation Authorities, Conservation Ontario submitted June 2017 comments to the EBR posting.

The revised Act was introduced as part of Bill 139 Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds.

The act is accompanied by a new document entitled, Conserving Our Future: A Modernized Conservation Authorities Act. (Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry) 

Provincial objectives for the CA Act Review:

  • Strengthen oversight and accountability
  • Increase clarity and consistency in Conservation Authority programs and services
  • Increase clarity and consistency in regulatory requirements
  • Improve collaboration and engagement
  • Modernize funding mechanisms

Throughout the review, Conservation Ontario has focused on ensuring that the Conservation Authority Integrated Watershed Management Approach is recognized and that the broad mandate of Conservation Authorities is confirmed.

Conservation Authority watershed management programs and services are integral to building effective climate change adaptation and resilience across watersheds and municipalities in the province.

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