Conservation Ontario is a non-profit association that represents Ontario’s 36 Conservation Authorities.

Conservation Authorities are community-based watershed management agencies, mandated to ensure the conservation, restoration and responsible management of Ontario’s water, land and natural habitats through programs that balance human, environmental and economic needs. 

Conservation Authorities are legislated under the Conservation Authorities Act, 1946. 

Conservation Ontario is governed by a six-member elected Board of Directors and directed by a Council comprised of appointed and elected municipal official from the 36 Conservation Authorities Boards of Directors and Conservation Authorities staff. Conservation Ontario’s main source of funding is secured from its membership through levies and supplemented by project funding and contracts.

Conservation Ontario's Business Functions

  • Policy and Program Development
  • Business Development and Partnerships
  • Communications
  • Education and Training
  • Collective Corporate Services
  • Government Relations
  • Information Management and Research


Conservation Ontario will engage Conservation Authorities in matters of common interest and to shape effective policy relating to Conservation Authorities.


To promote and continually strengthen a watershed-based conservation coalition in Ontario.