The Coalition of Ontario Watershed Guardians

Key provincial resources are listed first, followed by resources from community organizations that we hope you find helpful.


Key Provincial Resources

The Planning Act (1990)A key goal of this Act is to “promote sustainable economic development in a healthy natural environment within a provincial policy framework”.

Provincial Policy Statement (2020)The PPS charges planning authorities to “protect, improve or restore the quality and quantity of water by: a) using the watershed as the ecologically meaningful scale for integrated and long-term planning, which can be a foundation for considering cumulative impacts of development.”  Read the full document or section Section 2.2 of the PPS.

Conservation Authorities Act (1990) The key act assigning some watershed powers to conservation authorities.

State of Ontario’s Watersheds  – Each CA posts a Watershed Report card. This hyperlink takes you to a cumulative set of 2018 reports.

Ontario Water Quality Report and Water Quantity Report Out of date and not currently maintained.

Ontario Wetland conservation strategyArchived web page. Ontario making numerous sequential changes.


Community-led Resources

Credit Watershed       Headwater Health in the Credit Watershed   – OHI report and recommendations, January 2022

Lake Simcoe              Lake Simcoe Under Pressure in 2021             – Rescue Lake Simcoe Coalition, 2021

Lake Simcoe              Who Will Take Care of Lake Simcoe                 – Rescue Lake Simcoe Coalition, 2022

Paris Galt Moraine     Map of Proposed Greenbelt West Expansion  – Greenbelt West Coalition, 2022