Watershed moment: Ford cuts unleash crisis of conservation - 2019-07-09
The increasingly frequent and severe storms of climate change may be at Ontario's gate, but recent moves by the Ford government to cut funding for flood management programs in half is unleashing a crisis of conservation in Ontario.
The watershed-based management records of Ontario's 36 conservation authorities (CAs) are held up as a model around the world. The province is home to some of the most densely developed regions in Canada. In fact, some 95 per cent of the province's population live in watersheds managed by conservation authorities.
And yet Ontario accounted for only three per cent of Federal Disaster Financial Assistance payments in 2014. The efforts of conservation authorities to mitigate flooding get the credit for that performance, according to a 2016 report of the Parliamentary Budget Officer.