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About Conservation Ontario

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Conservation Ontario is a non-profit association that represents Ontario’s 36 Conservation Authorities.

Conservation Authorities are community-based watershed management agencies, whose mandate is to undertake watershed-based programs to protect people and property from flooding, and other natural hazards, and to conserve natural resources for economic, social, and environmental benefits.

Conservation Authorities are legislated under the Conservation Authorities Act, 1946.

Conservation Ontario is governed by a six-member elected Board of Directors and directed by a Council comprised of appointed and elected municipal officials from the 36 Conservation Authorities Boards of Directors and Conservation Authorities staff. Conservation Ontario’s main source of funding is secured from its membership through levies and supplemented by project funding and contracts.

Conservation Ontario’s Business Functions

  • Policy and Program Development
  • Business Development and Partnerships
  • Communications
  • Education and Training
  • Collective Corporate Services
  • Government Relations
  • Information Management and Research


Conservation Ontario will engage Conservation Authorities in matters of common interest and shape effective policy relating to Conservation Authorities.


To promote and continually strengthen a watershed-based conservation coalition in Ontario.