Provincial Plans Review
Conservation Authority Programs help reach the goals of Provincial Plans
Four key provincial plans that protect and manage the impacts of growth in South Central Ontario have been reviewed by a provincial Advisory Committee. A total of 87 recommendations have been made regarding the Greenbelt Plan and Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and the third review of the Niagara Escarpment Plan and the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. The recommendations provide a framework to accommodate population and employment growth in a more sustainable manner, curbing urban sprawl and protecting productive farmland.
The Advisory Panel's final report also recommends using an Integrated Watershed Management approach and acknowledges the role and responsibilities of Ontario's 36 Conservation Authorities in helping to implement many of the plans' outcomes. Eighteen Conservation Authorities specifically deliver programs and activities that help the Province and municipalities to reach the important environmental objectives of these plans. Read Protecting Our Future: Ontario Provincial Plans and Conservation Authorities.
These provincial plans strive to protect important ecosystems that are needed for a healthy environment, economy, and for our own well-being. The Greenbelt Plan has a particular focus on protection of agricultural lands.
The Growth Plan helps the Ontario government plan for growth in a coordinated and strategic way, balancing the needs of the economy with the environment.
Conservation Authorities’ watershed management programs, regulatory and land use planning activities, monitoring, and stewardship help the Province and municipalities to reach the objectives of these planning policies and provide opportunities for Ontarians to connect with nature.
Conservation Ontario's news release
Final report of the Advisory Panel
Conservation Ontario's preliminary position paper: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe
Conservation Ontario's preliminary position paper: Provincial Review of the Greenbelt, Niagara Escarpment, and Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plans