The focus for Conservation Ontario is to support the work of Ontario’s 36 conservation authorities. Throughout 2019, this included tracking and providing input to government policy initiatives, undertaking ongoing extensive government relations, creating shared CA templates, strategies, tools and best management practices, developing shared collaborative spaces for CA data and other information, nurturing partnership opportunities around key CA business areas, tracking and sharing funding opportunities for CAs, hosting and supporting CA training events as well as supporting CO council and many working committees.
Conservation Authorities Act: Modernizing Conservation Authority Operations
The Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) posted their proposed amendments to the Conservation Authorities Act to the Environmental Registry for review and proposed focusing the mandatory programs and services of conservation authorities.
Conservation Ontario clearly communicated the concerns of conservation authorities, among them being the need to preserve the watershed approach and watershed management programs of conservation authorities.
Support for conservation authorities’ work was significant from residents, municipalities and CA partner agencies. We are very appreciative of everyone who submitted responses to consultations and posted very generously online.
Highlight of Key Achievements
- Conservation authorities were recognized in the provincial Flooding Strategy for their successful watershed-based approach to flood management across Ontario
- Conservation Ontario developed the CO Client Service and Streamlining Initiative with guidance and tools for CAs to use to improve the review and processing of development applications
- Developed a 2019 Training Strategy
- Connected more people to nature through the new 2019 Guide to Conservation Areas
More details and information are available in Conservation Ontario’s 2019 Annual Report.