Collaborating to Deliver Results
Chair, Credit Valley Conservation
Conservation begins at home. For Credit Valley Conservation, this means protecting, preserving, managing and maintaining all living things in the Credit River watershed.
Climate change is of special concern. It affects us locally with severe weather, flooding and drought. The work we do every day is our local response to this global phenomenon.
Storms that statistically occur once every 100 years now happen more frequently. The July 8, 2013 storm felt in south Mississauga and the Greater Toronto Area was Ontario’s most costly ever, with an estimated $900 million in insurance claims. Our strategic plan aims to build resilience so communities can adapt to the changing climate.
In 2016 we worked with our partners to deliver programs that meet the challenges of climate change, urbanization, disappearing wetlands and devastating invasive species.
Enjoy this celebration of collaboration with our partners – municipalities, volunteers, neighbours, landowners, youth, corporations and more.
See you by the Credit River!
CAO, Credit Valley Conservation
2016 was an incredible year for Credit Valley Conservation.
We gathered partners to plant thousands of seedlings replacing ash trees ravaged by emerald ash borer. We celebrated a 10-year anniversary of our Conservation Youth Corps program and 20+ years of partnerships with rural landowners in the upper watershed. We broke ground on Lakeview Waterfront Connection, a new 26 ha conservation area along the shores of Lake Ontario.
From the headwaters to Lake Ontario, we collaborated to deliver programs and services with our municipal partners and stakeholders. Together, we’re working to build a thriving environment that protects, connects and sustains us.
Plan for an environmentally sustainable future
In partnership with the City of Brampton and Region of Peel, we launched the Fletchers Creek Sustainable Neighbourhood Action Plan (SNAP) bringing watershed level action to neighbourhoods. Over the next few years, we will target our environmental restoration and community outreach efforts here to showcase possibilities and create measurable outcomes.
In 2016 we began work on a comprehensive ‘century’ watershed plan reflecting on 60 years of watershed management changes. The plan will identify current environmental health in the Credit River watershed and project conditions 40 years into the future under various climate and land management scenarios. We’ll be identifying best practises and partners needed to protect, connect and sustain us into the future.
Safeguard people, property and communities from hazards
We work with municipal and provincial first responders to warn them of potential flooding and spills. Our new real-time environmental monitoring system gives us a better understanding of rainfall, water flow and water quality and lets us predict threats sooner than before. The data is available to the public on our website.
real time stream flow gauges
real time water quality gauges
We’ve already seen the impact of climate change with more frequent extreme weather events. We have renewed our commitment with the Region of Peel to the Peel Climate Change Strategy. We continue to work with our municipal partners to update flood mapping and models and to develop tools to assess flood risk that will help keep communities safe. We are building climate change mitigation and adaptation measures into all management decisions, for ourselves and our partner municipalities.
Manage a healthy, resilient environment through protection, restoration and enhancement
In 2016 we acquired
acres of land
CVC now protects
acres of land (approximately)
In 2016, we started construction of the Lakeview Waterfront Connection project, in partnership with the Region of Peel and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. We’re building a 26 hectare naturalized conservation area in Mississauga’s Lakeview community. We will create a healthier shoreline, two new wetlands and restore habitat for fish and wildlife.
Develop and share scientific knowledge and innovative approaches that advance decision-making and lead to on-the-ground action
Collaborating with partners, we use data from 1,600 acres of natural area inventory to understand problems, identify gaps and find solutions to environmental challenges.
In 2016 we monitored
records of 1,200 unique species
CVC is a leader in understanding how stormwater can best be managed locally, by using nature to help manage runoff. This practise is known as low impact development. We share knowledge with our partners and stakeholders by communicating our science and training industry professionals to design and build low impact development practises.
municipal and industry professionals were trained
training and knowledge sharing workshops, presentations and tours were held
Connect communities with nature to promote environmental awareness, appreciation and action
hours of work across the watershed
“It was cool that you could plant a tree and then go back and see it the next year or year after.”
The most powerful force for environmental protection is an informed and mobilized community. Connecting people with nature is the first step in demonstrating how a thriving environment is vital for their health, safety and well-being.
residents, students and conservation area visitors engaged in education programs that increase awareness of climate change.
In 2016 CVC’s education program won the Award of Excellence in environmental education from the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication. The program has engaged over 195,000 youth and adults in learning about climate change and the Credit River watershed since 2007.
Promote land uses, development approaches and infrastructure that factor in the importance of the natural environment to society, the economy and the well-being of residents
The Conservation Authorities Act, first enacted in 1946 to manage natural resources on a watershed basis, was forward thinking for its time. It was made even more important with the addition of floodplain regulations after Hurricane Hazel in 1954.
The regulations have been updated but they still hold the same principal as 60 years ago – to protect life and property from the hazards of flooding and erosion.
CVC has a team of planners, engineers and ecologists who work with municipalities and the development community to review and permit land use changes in and around river valleys and floodplains. This ensures best results for new and existing communities, keeping people and buildings out of flood prone areas to protect life, property and the natural environment.
Environmental Assessments submitted for CVC review
development permits issued
plan applications reviewed
visited our conservation areas in 2016, our highest annual visitation rate yet.
Ensure that Credit Valley Conservation is a well-managed, sustainable and service-driven organization
Total contributions from municipal levy
Total raised through other sources (grants, etc.)
Total revenue generated by CVC (parks, planning fees, etc.)
Total budget to actual
Expand partnerships and build new business models to increase organizational resilience and capacity
Kresimir Zemljic is one of hundreds of UPS employee volunteers from who have worked with CVC since 2011 to reduce their carbon footprint.
In 5 years, UPS employees have planted over 14,500 trees and shrubs in our watershed. In the spring of 2016, UPS employees volunteered at CVC’s Maple Syrup Festival. They helped deliver a fun family event, engaging visitors and promoting an appreciation for the environment.
Over the last 10 years, 2,000 watershed youth have volunteered in CVC’s youth programming. Environmental education and action is inspiring the next generation of environmental champions to make a difference in their communities.
The Credit Valley Conservation Foundation (CVCF) raised $944,105 for CVC in 2016. These funds are directed towards three CVCF priority projects:
This is the first year of CVCF’s Connect, Protect, Sustain campaign, which aims to raise $5 million over five years for priority environmental projects in the Credit River watershed.
A thriving environment that protects, connects and sustains us.
Together, it’s our nature to conserve and our future to shape through the power of science, education, policy and leadership.
Credit River Watershed
Deputy CAO and Director, Watershed Transformation
Director, Watershed Management
Director, Planning and Development Services
Director, Corporate Services
Director, Watershed Knowledge
Councillor Ward 7, City of Mississauga
City of Mississauga
300 City Centre Dr.
Mississauga ON L5B 3C1
CVC Vice Chair
Mayor, Township of Amaranth (representing Town of Mono, Townships of Amaranth and East Garafraxa)
Ph: (519) 941-1007
Township of Amaranth RR #7
Orangeville, ON L9W 2Z3
Regional Councillor Ward 6 , Town of Oakville
Town of Oakville
1225 Trafalgar Rd.
Oakville ON L6J 5A6
Town Councillor, Town of Erin
Corp. of the Town of Erin
5684 Trafalgar Rd.
Hillsburgh, ON N0B 1Z0
Town Councillor, Town of Orangeville
Town of Orangeville
Orangeville ON L9W 1K1
Regional Councillor Ward 2, Town of Caledon
Town of Caledon
6311 Old Church Rd.
Caledon, ON L7C 1J6
Councillor Ward 4, Town of Halton Hills
Town of Halton Hills
1 Halton Hills Drive
Halton Hills, ON L7G 5G2
Regional Councillor Wards 3 & 4, City of Brampton
Ph: 905- 874-2634
City of Brampton
2 Wellington St. W.
Brampton, Ont. L6Y 4R2
Regional Councillor Wards 2 & 6, City of Brampton
City of Brampton
2 Wellington St. W.
Brampton ON L6Y 4R2
Councillor Ward 2, City of Mississauga
City of Mississauga
300 City Centre Dr.
Mississauga, ON L5B 3C1
Councillor Ward 6, City of Mississauga
Councillor Ward 1, City of Mississauga