Conservation Authorities Act Review

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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Conservation Ontario’s Comments on “Conservation Authorities Act Review Consultation Document. Conserving Our Future: Proposed Priorities for Renewal” (EBR# 012-7583)

Conservation Ontario’s submission to MNRF on “Conservation Authorities Act Review Consultation Document. Conserving Our Future: Proposed Priorities for Renewal” (EBR# 012-7583). Conservation Ontario’s collective position focuses on five themes: confirm an integrated watershed management approach; establish a formalized provincial multi-ministry body; modernize governance and accountability provisions; establish a cost shared, multi-ministry sustainable funding model; and establish a multi-stakeholder table to regularly address client service issues and to facilitate consistency. The position was endorsed by Conservation Ontario Council by majority electronic vote on July 28, 2016.

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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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