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


Thursday, February 25th, 2021
12:00pm - 1:15pm EST

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    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.
    Join ULI Toronto as we explore the implications of the reform for the industry and what it means to you. Our expert panel will examine planning, policy, and legal perspectives on all sides of the matter.
    Eldon Theodore
    , Partner, MHBC Planning
    Catherine Lyons, Partner, Goodmans LLP
    Mary Flynn-Guglietti
    , Partner, Municipal, Land Use Planning & Development,McMillan LLP
    Ken Hale, Vice President, Land Acquisitions and Development, Dunn Capital Corp
    Leith Moore, Founder & Developer, R-Hauz, Former member, Ontario Greenbelt Council
    Barbara Montgomery, Legal Counsel, Toronto Region Conservation Authority
    Continuous Professional Learning (CPL)
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    This program is eligible for up to one (1) Substantive Hour.

    Members of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) may claim participation in this event as learning units under OPPI’s Continuous Professional Learning (CPL) program. Please consult the OPPI CPL Program Guide for more information.
    Image by Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.