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Ontario Seeking Input to Improve Conservation Efforts

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Ontario Seeking Input to Improve Conservation Efforts

Province Reviewing Conservation Authorities Legislation to Better Serve Communities

Ontario is reviewing the Conservation Authorities Act to protect and preserve our natural environment, while balancing social and economic development in our communities.

The review will consider roles, responsibilities and governance of conservation authorities in order to improve their operation. A discussion paper is available, and Ontarians are invited to provide feedback online or by mail.

Providing new, sustainable ways to manage key natural resources is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic and innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.

Quick Facts

  • Conservation authorities are local organizations that manage and protect water and other natural resources. They play an important role in protecting people and property from water-related weather events like flooding and drought.
  • The Conservation Authorities Act was created in 1946 in response to extensive flooding, erosion, deforestation and soil loss resulting from poor land, water and forestry management practices in prior decades.
  • Ninety per cent of Ontarians live in a watershed managed by a conservation authority.
  • Ontario has 36 conservation authorities – the vast majority of which are located in southern Ontario.

Additional Resources


“Our government recognizes the importance of managing key natural resources to meet the current and future needs of Ontarians. This is why we are initiating the first review of the Conservation Authorities Act in nearly 20 years, in collaboration with our municipal partners and other stakeholders.”

Bill Mauro

Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry

“Conservation Authorities play an important role in ensuring Ontario remains the beautiful, healthy and green province that it is. As pressures on our environment increase, we need to ensure that this valuable tool is modernized to meet the climate change challenge of this generation; that is why Minister Mauro provided me with a mandate to review the Conservation Authorities Act. I am happy to announce the start of that process, and look forward to the input we will receive.”

Eleanor McMahon

Parliamentary Assistant to Bill Mauro, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry

“Conservation Authorities play a significant role in integrating provincial priorities into local decision-making, resulting in solutions to serious challenges such as climate change impacts. We welcome the opportunity to work with Parliamentary Assistant Eleanor McMahon and others to review the Conservation Authorities Act in order to better reflect today's realities.”

Kim Gavine

General Manager of Conservation Ontario

Media Contacts

  • Media calls only: Todd Lane

    Minister’s Office


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    Communications Services Branch




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