On November 5, 2020, the Province announced a number of changes to the Conservation Authorities Act and the Planning Act that significantly limit and/or completely change the role of conservation authorities to protect Ontario’s environment and ensure people and property are safe from natural hazards. The changes risk severely limiting the conservation authorities’ ability to ensure a watershed-based approach to development and the overall protection of Ontario’s environment.
View the November 12, 2020 media release from Conservation Halton here.
- Remove and/or significantly hinder the conservation authorities’ role in regulating development, the permit and planning application appeal process, and engaging in review and appeal of municipal planning applications
- Allow the Minister to make decisions on permit appeals and issue permits without watershed data and expertise from the conservation authorities
- Redirect the fiduciary role (Duty of Members) for municipally-appointed CA Board members. They are being told to make decisions in the best interest of the municipalities and not the conservation authority.
How you can help:
If you would like to show your support for Conservation Halton, and ask the Province to hold off on making unilateral changes to the CA Act without public consultation, please use this simple tool from our friends at Ontario Nature to send an email to your MPP and express your concerns.