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 an online multi-stakeholder consultation to engage municipalities, conservation authorities, development, agricultural, landowner and environmental and conservation organizations as well as individuals to provide input on how they feel about conservation authority programs, the conservation authority model, their planning and permitting roles as well as how they’re governed and whether or not they are effective partners.

The deadline to complete MECP’s survey is March 13, 2020.

This online consultation follows a series of roundtable discussions held in Barrie, Colborne, London and North Bay (March 5th). Conservation Ontario delivered a presentation at these sessions along with other agencies from the environment, municipal, development, agricultural, NGO and private sectors.

The online survey poses the same questions from the roundtable discussions.

Conservation Ontario’s submission to the questions.

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