The Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks is consulting on the mandate of conservation authorities (CAs) and wants the public to respond to a survey to help them determine the value of CAs to Ontarians. The survey follows public sessions where big developers and others have been urging the government to remove conservation authorities from the planning process, and to limit their mandate and scope.
Limiting the mandate of CAs will only open the floodgates for unchecked development, threatening our communities’ flood plains, drinking water, biodiversity, natural heritage and more. Conservation Authorities play a key role in protecting Ontarians from the impacts of climate change. We must resist this trend towards environmental deregulation in Ontario.