North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority (NBMCA) is committed to articulating its program and policy interests and working collaboratively with partners and clients.

Having regulation policies in place that are reflective of current provincial legislation and planning policy, easy to understand, reasonable and defensible offers a vital foundation for protecting public safety and property along with the features and functions of the NBMCA watershed. These policies contribute to the sound and responsible development and the promotion of safe, sustainable communities.

This new manual summarizes the scope of NBMCA’s regulatory and advisory responsibilities and requirements.  It is used by NBMCA to administer Ontario Regulation 177/06 related to the  Development, Interference with Wetlands, and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses (DIA)  It is expected that this manual will be used by NBMCA staff; municipal planning, building department, public works, engineering, and community services staff; developers and their agents; and, private landowners who may be seeking approval from the Conservation Authority (CA) under the Conservation Authorities Act (CA Act). For this reason, every effort has been made to create a document that is easy to understand and easy to use.

This manual provides information and guidance and has been developed to:

• Consolidate all regulatory and watershed plan review policies of NBMCA in one place to offer an up-to-date and complete set of policies and provide NBMCA staff with a document against which to review CA Act permit applications and to provide plan review services to its municipal partners; and,

• Provide watershed municipalities, applicants and their agents, private landowners and special interest groups with a clear understanding of NBMCA’s role, mandate and responsibilities regarding CA Act permit applications.

NBMCA has recently completed two other documents as they relate to NBMCA's permitting and plan review processes: