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Ontario: Don't gut our Conservation Authorities


Stop the Attack on our Future

The powers and independence of Conservation Authorities have made Ontario safer and more livable for over 60 years

But under the cover of a pandemic budget, the Ontario government launched a sneak attack on the power of Conservation Authorities that protect us from deadly floods and landslides, toxic soil dumping and the loss of wetlands, forests and natural spaces.

Now in the time of COVID, we know more than ever why natural spaces – and evidence-based decisions – matter to us all.

The Ontario Government must withdraw schedule 6 from the budget bill NOW

Read why Conservation Authorities are importantWatch a webinar featuring the Canadian Environmental Law Association, Conservation Ontario, Environmental Defence and Ontario NatureDownload and print a poster to show your support for Conservation AuthoritiesView the list of municipalties opposed to the province’s attack on Conservation AuthoritiesSee the ad from 64 groups that ran in the Toronto Star

Changes to Ontario’s planning laws and to the Growth Plan, make it easier for sprawl developers to pave over farmland, forests and wetlands.                                                                                                                       

What we do on the land impacts water. More sprawl and highways and weaker planning rules mean more runoff, pollution and flooding.

At a time when we should be working to help and restore endangered species and protect wild nature, the Ontario government has gutted the law that protects endangered species.                                                                                                                                 

Climate change is an urgent crisis. But instead of doing more to fight climate change, Ontario cancelled most of the programs that helped industry and individuals reduce carbon pollution.                                                                                                                                             

The Ontario government repealed the Toxics Reduction Act (TRA) and reversed progress on air pollution. This is a serious threat to our health, and a daily reality for many communities living at the fenceline of industrial areas, such as Sarnia                                

Groups throughout Ontario are taking action to protect our water, forests and natural areas. Visit the hotspots map to see what communities are impacted.                                                                                                                              

Ontario is Yours To Protect

Ontario is blessed with abundant freshwater, some of Canada’s best farmland, diverse wildlife and natural spaces we can all enjoy. But these features are under threat from the Ontario government. The province is removing important environmental protections to make it easier for sprawl to pave over prime farmland and industry to pollute our water and land, and to threaten wildlife

That’s why we came together to say that we live here, we love this province and we are not going to let it be dug up, paved over, and polluted.

Join us. Ontario is YOURS TO PROTECT.

Find out what’s at Risk

See what areas are most vulnerable to decreased environmental protections. Your home could be exposed to increased flood risk or your favourite vacation spot could be paved over.

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Cancel Highway 413

Highway 413 (also known as the GTA West Highway) will pave over farms, forests and a section of the Greenbelt while doing nearly nothing to improve commutes. Ontatio must cancel Highway 413.

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