Conservation Authorities Act

Ontario’s 36 Conservation Authorities fall under the jurisdiction of the Conservation Authorities Act which was reviewed and modernized in 2017. The Act was proclaimed in December 2017.

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

Conservation Ontario and the Conservation Authorities have been working with the government of Ontario and other stakeholders to implement changes introduced as a result of the modernized Act.

2019 Modernizing of Conservation Authorities Operations

Today, the Province proposes changes to the Conservation Authorities Act, which if passed would impact conservation authorities’ mandate and governance.

Working with conservation authorities, Conservation Ontario has submitted comments to this posting. Read more

As well, Conservation Ontario has published a blog: Don’t Lose the Watershed Management Model – It’s Efficient and It Works!