You may have seen the news that Doug Ford’s Minister of Environment and Conservation, Jeff Yurek, sent Ontario Conservation Authorities (CAs) a letter last week. In that letter, Minister Yurek directed Conservation Authorities to “wind down” programs not connected to their “core mandate”, generally categorized as work related to:
- Risk of natural hazards
- Conservation and management of land owned or controlled by conservation authorities
- Drink-water source protection
- Protection of the Lake Simcoe watershed
- Other programs or services as prescribed by regulation
The letter comes on the heels of the recently-amended Conservation Authorities Act* and a 50% cut in natural hazards funding to Conservation Authorities, which includes flood management.