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Evergreen calls for the removal of Schedule 6 of the Government of Ontario’s Bill 229

Proposed amendments undermine Conservation Authorities’ vital role to conserve biodiversity and build community resilience to climate change

Evergreen, as a national not-for-profit who has been involved in conservation and ecological restoration for 30-plus years, we stand by Ontario’s Conservation Authorities’ science-based decision-making and the critical role they play in protecting communities, stewarding watersheds and flood mitigation work across the province. We join the province’s Conservation Authorities urging the Province to remove in its entirety Schedule 6 of the Government of Ontario’s Bill 229 presented in November as part of the budget bill.

Climate change is one of the most critical challenges facing cities. Our Conservation Authorities have a unique and immensely important role in managing these hazards which will continue to affect our ecosystems, economies and communities. The expert guidance from these authorities in watershed-based land use planning and permitting must be retained. Any amendments that remove or significantly hinder the conservation authorities’ role in regulating development puts communities and its residents, their property and public infrastructure at risk from flooding and other climate change impacts through loss of wetlands, woodlands and farmland.

At Evergreen, we know firsthand the importance of protection and conservation efforts; specifically, our flood mitigation work with partners the City of Toronto and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority at the Brick Works site, located in the heart of the largest urban ravine system in the world. This unique greenspace touches virtually every community and is connected to the world’s largest green belt, with over two million acres of protected lands. We know the success of a shared working model when government, public and private sector leaders, and residents work collaboratively to maintain our province’s green spaces.

We encourage you to learn more about the vital conservation efforts across the province and add your voice to the advocacy work by these and other partners:

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