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Kate Lyons at the ULI Toronto: Provincial Policy – Exploring the Changes to the Conservation Authorities Act


Lawyer Catherine Lyons


Session: Provincial Policy – Exploring the Changes to the Conservation Authorities Act
February 25, 2021
12:00pm - 1:15pm
Online - Zoom

On November 5, 2020, the Province proposed legislative changes to update the Ontario Conservation Authorities Act, RSO 1990 with the stated objective of “improve[ing] transparency in conservation authority operations, strengthen[ing] municipal and provincial oversight and streamlin[ing] conservation authorities roles in permitting and land use planning.” Naturally, any efforts to update legislation will draw vociferous promoters and objectors – especially when such changes involve the environment. Under Bill 229 (the Budget Measures Act) these “significant amendments” received Royal Assent on December 8, 2020.
This piece of legislative reform continues to generate significant debate, and much of the tension revolves around the resulting limitation of the conservation authorities’ power and role in respect of development in the province. While proponents of the changes may welcome such limitation, arguing that the authorities have long been overstepping the role originally intended, those in opposition maintain that such authorities play an essential role in protecting the environment and our interaction with it.

Kate Lyons, Partner, Goodmans LLP joins ULI Toronto and a panel of experts to explore the implications of the reform for the industry and what it means to you, examine planning, policy, and legal perspectives on all sides of the matter.

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