Conservation Authorities Act

Ontario’s conservation authorities are governed by the Conservation Authorities Act which is administered by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP). The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) is responsible for conservation authorities’ activities related to natural hazard management.

The Conservation Authorities Act was originally enacted in 1946 as conservation authorities began to be established and has undergone amendments since that time.

Transition Plan

In accordance with Section 21.1.4 of the Conservation Authorities Act and Regulation 687/21

December 2021

1. Purpose

The passage of Regulation 687/21 “Transition Plans and Agreements for Programs and Services Under Section 21.1.2 of the Act” requires the development of Transition Plans by each Conservation Authority. The Transition Plans are to outline the process and timelines for the development of cost apportioning agreements with municipalities within their jurisdiction for non-mandated programs and services in order to meet the implementation deadline of January 1, 2024. The Credit Valley Conservation Authority (CVC) Transition Plan sets out the process and timelines for the development and execution of memorandum of understandings (MOUs)/agreements between CVC and our partner municipalities to fund program and services that are not deemed to be provincially mandatory core services to be funded by general levy.

2. Participating municipalities and apportionment

CVC has 7 participating municipalities of which Peel Region is the largest contributor due to watershed size and current value assessment (CVA). The lower tier municipalities within Peel also fund CVC directly under service level agreements but are captured under the Peel umbrella for purposes of budget.

Municipality% Apportionment 2022 CVA
Peel Region91.6492
Halton Region5.1757
Town of Orangeville2.3773
Town of Erin0.6141
Town of Mono0.1129
Township of East Garafraxa0.0595
Township of Amaranth0.0113

3. Transition Plan Requirements and Timeframe

3.1. Overview

The key components and deadlines for Transition Plan and Agreements Regulation (O.Reg. 687/21) are illustrated below.  The purpose of the transition period is to provide conservation authorities and municipalities with the time to address changes to the budgeting and levy process based on the delivery of mandatory programs and services (Category 1), municipal programs and services (Category 2), and other programs and services (Category 3) and the need, in some cases, to reach agreements. Conservation authorities are required to develop a Transition Plan on or before December 31, 2021. There are two phases to the Transition period. The first phase is to develop and circulate an Inventory of Programs and Services. The second phase of the Transition Period includes developing and finalizing the conservation authority/municipal agreements in accordance with the regulations. These agreements must be complete by January 1, 2024. CVC will endeavour to co-ordinate with neighbouring conservation authorities to reduce workload on municipal staff and maintain consistency where possible.

Key Components and Deadlines for Transition Period

3.2. Phase 1 Transition Plan Timelines and Actions

TimelineActionStatus
Summer 2021Meetings held with all participating municipalities to discuss Act changes and pending regulationsComplete
Fall 2021Development of Transition PlanComplete
December 10, 2021Shared Transition Plan with CVC BoardComplete
December 24, 2021Submission of Transition Plan to Ministry of Environment and Conservation and Parks (MECP) and CVC municipalitiesComplete
December 24, 2021 Post Transition Plan on CVCs websiteComplete
October 2021 – February 2022Development of Inventory of Program and Services – identification of category classification, funding sources, annual cost.Ongoing
October 2021 – February 2022 Ongoing work to complete Inventory of Programs and services including co-ordination/consultation with adjacent CAs and municipal partnersOngoing
February 18, 2022Presentation of Inventory of Program and Services to CVC BoardTo be completed
February 28, 2022Submit Inventory of Programs and Services and record of consultation to MECP and municipal partnersTo be completed

3.3 Phase 2 of Transition Timelines and Actions

TimelineActionStatus
2021- June 2023Discussions with municipal staff teams, neighbouring CAs regarding timing, form, and content of MOUs/agreements, programs and services desired under Category 2 or 3 and budgetOngoing
March 2022 – January 2023Drafts of MOUs/agreements with participating municipalitiesTo be completed
January 2023 – June 2023Final MOUs/agreements drafted for municipal approvalTo be completed
July 2023Submission of draft budget for 2024 to Regions of Peel and Halton with MOU’s/SLAs
CVC Board approval of 2024 preliminary levy submission
To be completed
July 1, 2022Submit Progress Report to MECP To be completed
October 1, 2022Submit Progress Report to MECPTo be completed
January 1, 2023Submit Progress Report to MECPTo be completed
April 1, 2023Submit Progress Report to MECPTo be completed
July 1, 2023Submit Progress Report to MECPTo be completed
Fall, 2023Update Programs and Services Inventory To be completed
October, 2023CVC Board endorsement of Funding MOU/agreement and 2024 levy submission To be completed
October 1, 2023Submit Progress Report to MECP To be completed
December, 2023Municipal partners Approval of 2024 MOU/agreementsTo be completed
December 31, 2023Post Cost Apportionment Agreements to CVC WebsiteTo be completed
January 31, 2024Submit final programs and services inventory and confirmation of MOU completion to participating municipalities and MECPTo be completed

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