Public Consultation - Draft Development Policies (Section 28)


On April 1, 2024, the Government of Ontario replaced individual Conservation Authority Regulations under Section 28 of the Conservation Authorities Act, with Ontario Regulation 41/24: Prohibited Activities, Exemptions and Permits. The goal of this legislative change was to streamline approvals and establish a standardized approach to the regulation of natural hazards, wetlands, watercourses and shorelines across Ontario.

The RVCA has updated its development policies to comply with the new regulation and be more user-friendly by:

    • Improving transparency of the permit process.
    • Consolidating all applicable policies into one document.
    • Maintaining a consistent standard for review and thresholds for approvals.
    • Enhancing the functionality of the document as a reference tool and technical guide.
    • Increasing responsiveness of the document by annual updating to address emerging trends, legislative changes, and innovations in natural hazard protection.

The RVCA’s Draft Development Activity Policies and Procedures: Policies and Procedures for Development Activity permit applications made under Section 28.1 of the Conservation Authorities Act is now available for public consultation.

This process also includes updated regulatory wetland mapping, which is open for public consultation during the same time period. More information can be found here:

For more details, contact us:

Phone: 613.692.3571 or 1.800.267.3504

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Rideau Valley Conservation Authority
3889 Rideau Valley Drive
Manotick, Ontario K4M 1A5

613-692-3571, 1-800-267-3504



Regular Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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