Ontario Conservation Authorities in Review

Authors: Dan Shrubsole*, University Of Western Ontario
Topics: Water Resources and Hydrology, Environment
Keywords: water governance, conservation authorities, Ontario
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/14/2018
Start / End Time: 2:00 PM / 3:40 PM
Room: Poydras, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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Conservation authorities are watershed-based agencies, initially formed in 1946 to provide employment for World War II veterans and manage water and related land resources. Six underlying principles formed the basis of the program: watershed as the management unit, local initiative, provincial-municipal partnership, healthy economy required for a healthy society, comprehensive approach and coordination and cooperation. There are now 36 conservation authorities, predominately located in southern Ontario – the most populous part of the province. There have been a number of significant reviews of the conservation authority program: Select Committee on Conservation (1950), Select Committee on Conservation Authorities (1967), Report on the Working Group on the Mandate and Role of the Conservation Authorities of Ontario (1979), and the Conservation Authorities Act review (2017). The presentation will describe the findings from these reviews relative to the founding principles, and offer implications fort he future.

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