In June 2019, the Government of Ontario introduced changes to the Conservation Authorities Act through the More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019 (Bill 108).  On December 8, 2020, Bill 229 Protect, Support and Recover from COVID-19 Act received Royal Assent and included further legislative changes to the Conservation Authorities Act.

These changes define the four areas of “core mandatory” programs and services that the province requires Conservation Authorities to deliver.  The Act also allows for Conservation Authorities to deliver other programs and services outside of the four core areas to meet local watershed needs either by way of an agreement with Municipalities or at the CA board members’ discretion.  The legislation also clarified the municipal membership appointments, as well as specifying the terms of the chair and vice chair, and lays out the requirement for Conservation Authorities to develop a transition plan by December 31, 2021 for implementing the changes.

NBMCA’s Transition Plan as approved by the Members at their December 15, 2021 Meeting is below, as well as other background documents on the CA Act changes.