Provincial Plans and Planning

Conservation Ontario’s Comments on “A Wetland Conservation Strategy for Ontario 2016-2030” (EBR# 012-7675)

Conservation Ontario’s submission to MNRF on “A Wetland Conservation Strategy for Ontario 2016-2030” (EBR# 012-7675). Conservation Ontario’s letter of comment identified three priority areas for improvement in the Strategy: 1) have one clear target to meet the mandate of “no net loss” of wetlands, 2) recognize Conservation Authorities as important partners in the implementation of this Strategy; including the regulatory role, and 3) be more specific about the purpose and goals of this Strategy. In particular, under 2), it was recommended that the “legislative/policy/guideline support and clarification for the Conservation Authorities Act (CAA)” be identified as a priority action in the Wetland Strategy.

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CO Comments on Provincial Plan Review

Conservation Ontario’s comments on the review of the Greenbelt, Growth, Niagara Escarpment and Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plans.

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Conservation Ontario’s submission on: Excess Soil Management Policy Framework (EBR# 012-6065)

Conservation Ontario’s comments on the “Excess Soil Management Policy Framework” (EBR# 012-6065)- submitted to MOECC on March 24, 2016. On January 26, 2016 the MOECC released the “Excess Soil Management Policy Framework” which proposed a path forward, actions and guiding principles for the development of a policy related to the management of excess soil.

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Conservation Ontario’s submission on “Lakes and Rivers Improvement Act Administration of Section 16: Alterations, Improvements and Repairs to Existing Dams Technical Bulletin” (EBR 012-5093)

Conservation Ontario's submission to MNRF on "Lakes and Rivers Improvement Act Administration of Section 16: Alterations, Improvements and Repairs to Existing Dams Technical Bulletin" (EBR 012-5093). On September 15, 2015 the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), introduced a draft LRIA Administration of Section 16: Alterations, Improvements and Repairs to Existing Dams Technical Bulletin to update the original 2006 document. As stated on the Environmental Registry, the Section 16 Technical Bulletin applies to alterations, improvements and repairs to existing dams and is part of MNRF's continued commitment to modernize and improve provincial requirements for the design, construction and management of dams.

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Conservation Ontario’s submission on “A Blueprint for Change: A Proposal to modernize and strengthen the Aggregate Resources Act policy framework” (EBR 012-5444)

Conservation Ontario's submission to MNRF on "A Blueprint for Change: A Proposal to modernize and strengthen the Aggregate Resources Act policy framework" (EBR 012-5444). On October 21, 2015 the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) released "A Blueprint for Change: A Proposal to modernize and strengthen the Aggregate Resources Act policy framework". As stated on the Environmental Registry, the Blueprint sets out to build a framework that will better support aggregate management in the province and help achieve the province's four main goals: stronger oversight, environmental accountability, improved information and participation, and increased and equalized fees and royalties.

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Conservation Ontario’s submission on the Conservation Authorities Act Review Discussion Paper (EBR 012-4509)

Conservation Ontario's submission to MNRF on the Conservation Authorities Act Review Discussion Paper (EBR 012-4509). On July 20, 2015, the Province, under the lead of MNRF, posted the Conservation Authorities Act Review Discussion paper on the Environmental Registry for public review and comment. The purpose of this Discussion Paper was to identify opportunities to improve the existing legislative, regulatory and policy framework that currently governs Conservation Authorities and the programs and services they deliver on behalf of the province, municipalities and others. The Discussion Paper was seeking feedback on the following three areas: governance, funding mechanisms, and roles and responsibilities.

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Conservation Ontario’s submission on “Wetland Conservation in Ontario: A Discussion Paper” (EBR 012-4464)

Conservation Ontario's submission to MNRF on "Wetland Conservation in Ontario: A Discussion Paper" (EBR 012-4464). On July 27, 2015, the Province, under the lead of MNRF, initiated the wetland framework review by releasing a Discussion Paper entitled "Wetland Conservation in Ontario". As stated on the Environmental Registry, the purpose of this discussion paper was to "provide information in order to stimulate ideas and seek input on challenges, opportunities, ideas and actions related to wetland conservation in Ontario" and to ultimately assist MNRF in developing a wetland strategy.

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Conservation Ontario’s comments on the “Guidelines on Permitted Uses in Ontario’s Prime Agricultural Areas – Draft for input and discussion”

Conservation Ontario's comments on the "Guidelines on Permitted Uses in Ontario's Prime Agricultural Areas – Draft for input and discussion". The draft Guidelines were developed by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs to assist municipalities, decision-makers, farmers and others with interpreting the policies in the 2014 Provincial Policy Statement (PPS) on the range of uses permitted in prime agricultural areas.

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Conservation Ontario’s Comments on the “Technical Paper on the Environmental Activity and Sector Registry and Short-Term Water Takings” (EBR #012-0580)

Conservation Ontario's comments on the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change's "Technical Paper on the Environmental Activity and Sector Registry and Short-Term Water Takings" (EBR #012-0580). By means of this Technical Paper, MOECC is consulting on additional activities which could be subject to the Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR) with the focus on short-term, non-recurring water taking activities.

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Conservation Ontario’s Comments on the “Co-ordinated Review of the Growth Plan for Greater Golden Horseshoe, Greenbelt Plan, Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and Niagara Escarpment Plan (EBR# 012-3256)

Conservation Ontario's comments on the "Co-ordinated Review of the Growth Plan for Greater Golden Horseshoe, Greenbelt Plan, Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and Niagara Escarpment Plan (EBR# 012-3256).

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Conservation Ontario’s Comments on “Bill 73 - Smart Growth for Our Communities Act, 2015” (EBR# 012-3651)

Conservation Ontario's comments on "Bill 73 - Smart Growth for Our Communities Act, 2015" (EBR# 012-3651). Under the lead of the MMAH, Bill 73 -Smart Growth for Our Communities Act, 2015 was introduced to amend the Planning Act and the Development Charges Act.

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Conservation Ontario’s Comments on the “Provincial Bait Policy Review – Angler Use and Movement of Baitfish in Ontario” (EBR#012-2836)

Conservation Ontario's comments on the "Provincial Bait Policy Review – Angler Use and Movement of Baitfish in Ontario" (EBR#012-2836). Angler Use and Movement of Baitfish in Ontario is the first area to be addressed through policy review by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry as part of a comprehensive review of provincial bait policies to help improve the management of bait.

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Conservation Ontario’s Comments on “Bill 66: Proposed Great Lakes Protection Act” (EBR #012-3523)

Conservation Ontario's comments on the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change's "Bill 66: Proposed Great Lakes Protection Act" (EBR #012-3523)

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Conservation Ontario’s Comments on the “Climate Change Discussion Paper” (EBR# 012-3452)

Conservation Ontario's comments on the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change's "Climate Change Discussion Paper" (EBR# 012-3452)

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CO Preliminary Positioning on the Upcoming Provincial Review of the Greenbelt, Niagara Escarpment and the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plans

CO preliminary positioning on the upcoming review of the Greenbelt, Niagara Escarpment and the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plans. Key themes include: water resources and natural heritage; implementation, streamlining and consistency; and sustainable livelihoods.

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Conservation Ontario’s Comments on the proposed “Performance Indicators for the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe”

CO’s comments on the proposed “Performance Indicators for the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe”. Overall, CA staff felt that additional indicators were required to evaluate the efficacy of the Growth Plan, particularly in the area of “protecting, conserving, enhancing and wisely using natural resources”.

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Conservation Ontario’s Comments on “An Introduction to the Provincial Policy Statement, 2014: Rural Ontario” and “An Introduction to the Provincial Policy Statement, 2014: Northern Ontario” Drafts for Discussion

CO’s Comments on “An Introduction to the Provincial Policy Statement, 2014: Rural Ontario” and “An Introduction to the Provincial Policy Statement, 2014: Northern Ontario” Drafts for Discussion. CO’s comments focused on highlighting the role that watershed planning can play in the management of resources, recommending additional documents that are available to assist in decision-making and clarification on some of the scenarios presented in the document.

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CO Comments on the Updated (second edition) Natural Heritage Reference Manual:Natural Heritage Protection through the Provincial Policy Statement

CO comments on the Ministry of Natural Resources’ Updated Natural Heritage Reference Manual, which was posted for public comment on the Environmental Registry (EBR #010-5853). - Greenbelt Plan - Provincial Policy Statement - Niagara Escarpment Plan - Lake Simcoe Protection Plan - Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan

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Development of integrated Natural Heritage Systems Plans by Conservation Authorities

CO letter to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing regarding the development of integrated Natural Heritage Systems Plans by Conservation Authorities. - Greenbelt Plan - Provincial Policy Statement - Niagara Escarpment Plan - Lake Simcoe Protection Plan - Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan

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CO comments on protection draft Lake Simcoe Protection Plan

CO comments on draft Lake Simcoe Protection Plan (EBR #010-4636). - Greenbelt Plan - Provincial Policy Statement - Niagara Escarpment Plan - Lake Simcoe Protection Plan - Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan

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CO comments on Lake Simcoe’s Proposed Phosphorus Reduction Strategy and Amendments to the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan

CO comments on the draft Lake Simcoe Phosphorus Reduction Strategy and Amendments to the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan ( EBR # 010-8986 ). - Greenbelt Plan - Provincial Policy Statement - Niagara Escarpment Plan - Lake Simcoe Protection Plan - Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan

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CO Comments on Feasibility Study for Water Quality Trading in the Lake Simcoe Watershed

CO comments on the MOE's draft Feasibility Study for Water Quality Trading in the Lake Simcoe Watershed (EBR # 010-8989). - Greenbelt Plan - Provincial Policy Statement - Niagara Escarpment Plan - Lake Simcoe Protection Plan - Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan

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CO comments on Draft Performance Monitoring Framework and Draft Indicators for the Provincial Policy Statement, 2005

CO comments on the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing’s Draft Performance Monitoring Framework and Draft Indicators for the Provincial Policy Statement, 2005, which were posted for public comment on the Environmental Registry (EBR #010-5700). - Greenbelt Plan - Provincial Policy Statement - Niagara Escarpment Plan - Lake Simcoe Protection Plan - Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan

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CO Review of the Provincial Policy Statement 2005

CO comments on the Review of the Provincial Policy Statement, 2005 (EBR #010-9766). - Greenbelt Plan - Provincial Policy Statement - Niagara Escarpment Plan - Lake Simcoe Protection Plan - Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan

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CO comments on the Ministry of Environment's Discussion Paper on Lake Simcoe Shoreline Protection

CO comments on the Ministry of Environment's Discussion Paper on Lake Simcoe Shoreline Protection (EBR #010-9107). - Greenbelt Plan - Provincial Policy Statement - Niagara Escarpment Plan - Lake Simcoe Protection Plan - Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan

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CO Comments on the Greenbelt Plan Draft Performance Monitoring Framework Discussion Paper

CO comments on the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing's Discussion Paper to inform the development of a performance monitoring framework for the Greenbelt Plan (EBR #010-9407). - Greenbelt Plan - Provincial Policy Statement - Niagara Escarpment Plan - Lake Simcoe Protection Plan - Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan

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CO Comments on the 5 year Review for the Provincial Policy Statement

CO comments on the “Provincial Policy Statement Five Year Review: Public Consultation on Draft Policies and the Review Cycle for the Provincial Policy Statement” (EBR #011-7070).CO comments focus on four main themes: natural hazards, natural heritage, Great Lakes, and aggregates. - Greenbelt Plan - Provincial Policy Statement - Niagara Escarpment Plan - Lake Simcoe Protection Plan - Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan

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CO Comments on Proposed Amendments to the Greenbelt Plan and Greenbelt Boundary Regulation

CO comments on the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing's the proposal “Growing the Greenbelt – Proposed amendment to the Greenbelt Plan – Glenorchy Lands and Urban River Valleys” and the accompanying draft regulation “Growing the Greenbelt – Proposed amendment to the Greenbelt Area boundary regulation”. Comments were highly supportive of the inclusion of the Glenorchy Conservation Area in the Greenbelt Plan as well as the accompanying regulation but expressed concern about the proposal to provide municipalities with the opportunity to include urban river valleys within the Greenbelt Plan. - Greenbelt Plan - Provincial Policy Statement - Niagara Escarpment Plan - Lake Simcoe Protection Plan - Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan

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