MNRF Seeks Feedback on Improving Conservation Authorities

Ontario is proposing to introduce amendments to the Conservation Authorities Act to clearly define the core programs and services provided by Conservation Authorities (CAs) and increase transparency in how CAs levy municipalities for mandatory and non-mandatory programs and services. A regulation further defining the ability of a CA to regulate prohibited development and other activities for impacts to the control of flooding and other natural hazards is also being proposed.

The Ministry is proposing to: update definitions for key regulatory terms to better align with provincial policy, exempt low-risk development activities from requiring a permit, reduce regulatory restrictions between 30m and 120m of a wetland where hydrological connection has been severed, require CAs to develop, consult on, make publicly available and periodically review internal policies that guide permitting decisions, require CAs to notify the public of changes to mapped regulated areas, and require CAs to establish, monitor and report on service delivery standards.

The consultation period closes May 20, 2019. For more information visit ERO 013-4992 and ER0 013-5018. OSSGA will be preparing a submission, if you have any comments, please send them to Ashlee Zelek at


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