2017 Harvest

2017 Harvest

Monday, September 14, 2015

Wetland Conservation in Ontario: A Discussion Paper

Wetland Conservation in Ontario: A Discussion Paper 

EBR Registry Number:   012-4464
Ministry: Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Date Proposal loaded to the Registry: July 27, 2015


Description of Policy:

In 2014, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) was given a mandate to work with other ministries, municipalities and partners to review Ontario’s broad wetland conservation framework and identify opportunities to strengthen policies and stop the net loss of wetlands. To achieve this mandate, in the future, the MNRF will develop a Strategic Plan for Ontario Wetlands that will identify a provincial vision, goals and objectives for wetlands in Ontario and set out a series of actions that the government will undertake over the next 10 to 15 years to improve wetland conservation across the province.

This discussion paper is meant to provide an overview of wetlands in Ontario and a summary of policies, programs and partnerships that form Ontario’s current wetland conservation framework. The paper will also present information on what others are doing and suggest priority areas on which the government could focus. The purpose of this paper is to provide information in order to stimulate ideas that will help inform the government on future actions that could be included within a Strategic Plan for Wetlands in Ontario.

Purpose of Policy:

The purpose of this posting is to seek feedback to help identify challenges and opportunities associated with wetland conservation in Ontario. This input will be used to inform development of a Strategic Plan for Ontario Wetlands that will guide the government’s actions over the next decade.

Other Information:

A link to the discussion paper is provided:

Public Consultation:

This proposal has been posted for a 95 day public review and comment period starting July 27, 2015. If you have any questions, or would like to submit your comments, please do so by October 30, 2015 to the individual listed under "Contact". Additionally, you may submit your comments on-line.
All comments received prior to October 30, 2015 will be considered as part of the decision-making process by the Ministry if they are submitted in writing or electronically using the form provided in this notice and reference EBR Registry number 012-4464.

All comments on this proposal must be directed to:
Rebecca Zeran
Program Advisor
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Policy Division
Natural Resources Conservation Policy Branch
Natural Heritage Section
300 Water Street
Peterborough Ontario
K9J 8M5
Phone: (705) 755-2551
Fax: (705) 755-1971 

Please Note: All comments and submissions received will become part of the public record. You will not receive a formal response to your comment, however, relevant comments received as part of the public participation process for this proposal will be considered by the decision maker for this proposal.

Other Public Consultation Opportunities:

Additional opportunities for engagement with key partners, stakeholders, municipalities and Aboriginal communities will be undertaken throughout the 95 day posting period.               

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Ontrario Conservation Authorities Act Review Engagement Session Dates

Conservation Authorities Act Review Engagement Session Dates


As part of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s (MNRF) commitment to initiate a review of the Conservation Authorities Act, a discussion paper has been posted to the Environmental Registry to solicit feedback on opportunities to improve the existing legislative, regulatory and policy framework that currently governs conservation authorities and the programs and services they deliver on behalf of the province, municipalities, and others.

The Discussion Paper can be viewed by going to the following link and searching for registry number 012-4509 http://www.ebr.gov.on.ca/ERS-WEB-External/. The discussion paper will be posted for a 90 day period. The deadline for submitting comments is October 19th, 2015.

As part of the review, a number of regional engagement sessions have been scheduled to provide municipal officials, staff, and associations with an opportunity to provide input into the review. The dates and locations for these sessions are:
  • Thursday, September 24th at the Smith Falls Memorial Community Centre, 71 Cornelia Street West, Smith Falls, Ontario from 1pm to 4pm
  • Wednesday, September 30th at the Columbus Centre, 301 May St. South, Thunder Bay, Ontario from  9am to 12pm
  • Friday, October 2nd at the Steelworkers’ Union Hall and Conference Centre, 66 Brady Street, Sudbury, Ontario from 9am to 12pm
If you are interested in participating in any of these sessions, please RSVP to the Water Resources Section at mnrwaterpolicy@ontario.ca identifying which session(s) you will be attending.

Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 1:00pm
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 9:00am
Friday, October 2, 2015 - 9:00am

Jennifer Keyes
Manager, Water Resources Section
Natural Resources Conservation Branch, Policy Division
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
705-755-5244
jennifer.keyes@ontario.ca

Ontario Conservation Authorities Act Review Discussion Paper

EBR Registry Number:   012-4509
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Date Proposal loaded to the Registry:
July 20, 2015            

Description of Policy:

The Conservation Authorities Act, administered by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), enables two or more municipalities in a common watershed to establish a conservation authority in conjunction with the province. The purpose of a conservation authority is to deliver a local resource management program at the watershed scale for both provincial and municipal interests.

Conservation authorities have played a significant role in Ontario’s natural resource management landscape for nearly 70 years, establishing a successful legacy of resource stewardship and an impressive record of protecting people, property, and communities from water-related natural hazards (e.g. flooding, drought, erosion).

In order to ensure that the Act is meeting the needs of Ontarians in a modern context, the MNRF is seeking to engage with ministries, municipalities, Aboriginal communities, conservation authorities, stakeholders and the public to initiate a review of the Conservation Authorities Act, including addressing roles, responsibilities, funding and governance of conservation authorities in resource management and environmental protection.

The posting of a discussion paper is intended to solicit public and multi-sector perspectives on the existing legislative, regulatory and/or policy framework which governs conservation authorities and the programs and services they deliver.

This discussion paper outlines a number of ways to engage in the review and MNRF encourages all parties to participate. The discussion paper focuses on the Conservation Authorities Act and policy framework, not on any individual conservation authority.

Purpose of Policy:

The purpose of this discussion paper is to identify opportunities to improve the existing legislative, regulatory and policy framework that currently governs conservation authorities and the programs and services they deliver on behalf of the province, municipalities, and others.

Other Information:

While feedback on any aspect of the existing legislative and regulatory framework is welcome, the focus of the discussion paper is on the three overarching areas of:

1. Governance;
2. Funding mechanisms; and
3. Roles and responsibilities.

Link to the discussion paper: http://apps.mnr.gov.on.ca/public/files/er/Discussion_Paper_2015.pdf

The following weblinks provide the supporting/additional information about this notice:
• The Conservation Authorities Act
http://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/90c27
• Ontario Regulation 97/04 – Content of Conservation Authority Regulations
http://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/040097
• Ontario Regulation 139/96 – Municipal Levies
http://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/960139
• Ontario Regulation 670/00 – Conservation Authority Levies
http://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/000670
• Conservation Authorities
https://www.ontario.ca/environment-and-energy/conservation-authorities

Public Consultation:

This proposal has been posted for a 91 day public review and comment period starting July 20, 2015. If you have any questions, or would like to submit your comments, please do so by October 19, 2015 to the individual listed under "Contact". Additionally, you may submit your comments on-line.
All comments received prior to October 19, 2015 will be considered as part of the decision-making process by the Ministry if they are submitted in writing or electronically using the form provided in this notice and reference EBR Registry number 012-4509.

Please Note: All comments and submissions received will become part of the public record. You will not receive a formal response to your comment, however, relevant comments received as part of the public participation process for this proposal will be considered by the decision maker for this proposal.

Other Public Consultation Opportunities:

Written comments and other feedback can also be sent directly to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry at mnrwaterpolicy@ontario.ca

Contact:

All comments on this proposal must be directed to:
Julia Holder
Policy Analyst
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Policy Division
Natural Resources Conservation Policy Branch
Water Resources Section
300 Water Street
Peterborough Ontario
K9J 8M5
Phone: (705) 755-5905
Fax: (705) 755-1957 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Farm Tax Update for Professionals - October 22, 2015, Guelph, ON

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