What is the Conservation Authorities Act?
The Conservation Authorities Act is a legal document created by the Ontario Provincial Legislature in 1946. The act oversees Ontario’s 36 conservation authorities.
It ensures the conservation, restoration and responsible management of water, land and natural habitat through programs that balance human, environmental and economic needs throughout Ontario.
We need your help
Ontario’s 36 conservation authorities deliver a wide range of programs and services that protect important water and land natural resources. Conservation matters because we rely on these resources for healthy watersheds that help us adapt to climate change, support a sustainable economy and promote our own well-being.
The Conservation Authorities Act is under review. You can tell the Province that Conservation Matters and that the work of Ontario’s 36 conservation authorities is important. The integrated watershed mandate of conservation authorities is important and should be more strongly reflected in an updated Conservation Authorities Act.
What’s at stake? What do conservation authorities do?
These are some of the vital services provided by Ontario’s conservation authorities:
Planning, implementation, monitoring, reporting
Flood & Erosion Control & Prevention
Structures, monitoring and warning systems
Water Quality & Quantity Management
Monitoring networks, source protection, watershed reporting, Dams, reservoirs, stormwater, wetlands, septic system approvals
Development, Interference & Alteration Regulation
Regulate development and activities in or adjacent to river or stream valleys, Great Lakes and large inland lakes shorelines, watercourses, hazardous lands and wetlands
Natural Heritage Protection
Sensitive land acquisition and securement, tree planting, official plan input and review, land management
Rural water quality programs, rehabilitation and restoration programs, fish and wildlife, Ontario Drinking Water Stewardship Program, woodlot management
Technical Support for Land Use Planning
Plan input and review, technical advice and studies, community sustainability plans, Class EA reviews, EIS reviews, emergency response, engineering and hydrogeologic support, fishery reviews, geotechnical reviews, stormwater / low impact studies, natural heritage systems design
Education & Recreation
Outdoor recreation activities, environmental education programs and centres, outreach activities, water festivals
For more information, contact:
Supervisor, Marketing and Communications
Credit Valley Conservation