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Great Lakes Protection Act

Conservation Authorities provide an effective coordination and local delivery mechanism for federal, provincial and municipal initiatives and priorities around the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence River. As public bodies under the Great Lakes Protection Act, Conservation Authorities have an important role in helping the Province achieve its objectives under the Act.

The Great Lakes Protection Act received Royal Assent on November 3, 2015 and will:

  • Help fight climate change, reduce harmful algal blooms, protect wetlands and coastal areas
  • Monitor and report on lake health and take action on priority issues build on existing Great Lakes Strategy and partnerships with Canada, Quebec, USA, and the Great Lakes states
  • Require progress reports every three years on the ecological conditions within the Great Lakes basin
  • Establish a Great Lakes Guardian Council comprised of multiple stakeholders, including Conservation Authorities

For more information:
Ministry of Environment and Climate Change
First progress report on the key objectives during the first three years of Ontario’s Great Lakes Strategy.

Great Lakes Guardian Council
Conservation Ontario participated in the inaugural Great Lakes Guardians' Council meeting on March 22, 2016. The purpose of the Council is to provide a forum to identify priority actions, foster collaboration, share information and provide input on Great Lakes issues. The Council is chaired by the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Honourable Glen Murray.