Conservation Authorities Act

Ontario’s 36 Conservation Authorities fall under the jurisdiction of the Conservation Authorities Act which was reviewed and modernized in 2017 and again in 2019. In April 2019 the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks consulted on proposed changes to the Conservation Authorities Act (CAA) and, in June 2019 the More Homes, More Choice Act amended the CAA.

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 delivery of watershed-based programs and services.

Multi-Stakeholder Consultations on Conservation Authorities

The Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) is hosting a series of multi-stakeholder consultations to engage municipalities, conservation authorities, development, agricultural, landowner and environmental and conservation organizations to provide input on how to improve the efficiencies, consistency, transparency and oversight of conservation authorities (CAs).

Presenters were asked to focus on CAs’ core mandatory programs and services and how all the stakeholders can work together on key issues involving conservation authorities. Other stakeholders will also be presenting.

There will be a question period following the presentations and then a workshop will be hosted.

Conservation Ontario has prepared a Presentation and Backgrounder for the consultation sessions.