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Ontario Consulting on Changes to Conservation Authorities

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Ontario Consulting on Changes to Conservation Authorities

Province Creating Advisory Group to Improve Conservation Efforts

Ontario is seeking feedback from the public and stakeholders as part of a review of the Conservation Authorities Act, in order to improve conservation authority operations, programs and services.

Last summer, the province launched a review of the Conservation Authorities Act. Ontario is now seeking further feedback on policy changes that were identified during the first phase of the review. We encourage Ontarians to provide their comments online or by mail.

To inform the consultation, Ontario has released a discussion paper, Conserving Our Future: Proposed Priorities for Renewal.The province is also soliciting feedback from a stakeholder advisory group and through Indigenous and regional engagement sessions.

Providing new, sustainable ways to manage key natural resources is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario has 36 conservation authorities, which are local organizations that manage and protect water and other natural resources.
  • Ninety per cent of Ontarians live in a watershed managed by a conservation authority.

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“I thank all who have contributed to the review to date, helping to shape the key priorities. I look forward to reviewing the advisory group’s recommendations and encourage everyone to participate actively in this important conservation discussion.”

Bill Mauro

Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry

“Conservation authorities have helped our province manage local watershed matters for 70 years. They play a vital role in our communities, which is why we need to continue to hear from Ontarians during this review.”

Eleanor McMahon

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

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