Conservation Authorities Act under review

April 17, 2018 – A new relationship took shape today with the signing of a new Memorandum of Co-operation between the Province of Ontario and the 36 Conservation Authorities.

The agreement, signed on April 17, 2018 by the Honourable Nathalie Des Rosiers, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) and Don MacIver, Chair of Conservation Ontario, formalizes the long-standing partnership between the Province and Conservation Authorities to protect Ontarians from natural hazards such as flooding, and to ensure the health of Ontario’s natural resources.

“The Memorandum of Co-operation is a follow up from the new Conservation Authorities Act passed last December,” said Kim Gavine, General Manager of Conservation Ontario. “It reflects our commitment to consult and collaborate with each other more closely for effective natural resource management.”

Ontario’s 36 Conservation Authorities work in many different partnerships and collaborations with a variety of provincial ministries including MNRF, Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs.

Conservation Authorities Contribute to Provincial Priorities
Conservation Authority programs contribute to a wide variety of provincial priorities including: climate change adaptation and mitigation, Great Lakes, sustainable growth, flood and other hazards warning and protection, protection and restoration of natural heritage (biodiversity), outdoor recreation, health and tourism, outdoor and other environmental education curriculum, water quality and quantity, environmental monitoring, reporting and the ‘green’ economy (jobs and programs).

October 2015 – FOCA’s input to the CA Act review is focused on the need for the  Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry to effectively deliver on their commitment to water management everywhere in Ontario.

You can read FOCA’s official letter, submitted October 19, HERE.

August 2015: As part of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s (MNRF) commitment to review the Conservation Authorities Act, a discussion paper has been posted to the Environmental Registry (registry number 012-4509)  to solicit feedback on improving the existing legislative, regulatory and policy framework that governs conservation authorities and the programs and services they deliver on behalf of the province, municipalities, and others.

MegaphoneThe deadline for submitting comments is October 19th, 2015.


Map of Conservation Authorities with FOCA Member Association municipalities

FOCA will be providing comments to this process on behalf of the 250+ FOCA associations that are located within the watersheds managed by CA’s, and as province-wide partners with Conservation Ontario on everything from Source Water Protection, landowner stewardship, rural land use planning, and biodiversity conservation.

Notes and Background on the Conservation Authorities Act Review

As part of the review, a number of regional sessions have been scheduled to provide landowners with an opportunity to provide input into the review. The dates and locations for these sessions are:

  • Tuesday, September 15th at the Art Centre Hastings, 230 Durham St. South, Madoc, Ontario from 9am to 12pm
  • Wednesday, September 30th at the Columbus Centre, 301 May St. South, Thunder Bay, Ontario from 9am to 12pm
  • Friday, October 2nd at the Steelworkers’ Union Hall and Conference Centre, 66 Brady Street, Sudbury, Ontario from 9am to 12pm

If you are interested in participating in any of these sessions, please RSVP to the Water Resources Section at identifying which session(s) you will be attending.

Background and Related Links:

Originally formed 70 years ago largely to address flooding concerns, today, Ontario’s 36 Conservation Authorities (CAs) provide a long list of watershed and environmental services.

About Conservation Authorities

Find your local Conservation Authority

Flood Management and CAs


Terry ReesConservation Authorities Act under review