2018 Annual Report
Building Resiliency

our CAO

CVC's CAO, Deborah Martin-Downs

Deborah Martin-Downs
CAO, Credit Valley Conservation

2018 was another successful year of “boots in the ground” in the Credit River Watershed.

We improved our flood hazard mapping, and supported municipalities in managing flood hazards and assessing risk. This is critical work in the face of ever-increasing flooding.

With partners and volunteers, we created greener communities. Together we planted trees and native plants, added natural ways to manage stormwater, and built natural infrastructure with improved wetlands and restored streams. We boosted biodiversity in specific areas.

We ran recreational and wellness programs in nature for thousands of people. We educated thousands more in indoor and outdoor classrooms.

We remain dedicated and so proud to deliver environmental science and services that our partners continually rely on. Together we’re building toward our mission of a thriving environment that protects, connects and sustains us all.

Read on to celebrate some of our proudest moments in 2018.

building resiliency in extreme weather

preparing for more frequent flooding

Devasting weather events continued across Canada in 2018. In February, flooding in Mississauga near Meadowvale Conservation Area was caused by ice jamming during a mid-winter thaw. Our flood forecasting and warning systems helped us alert municipal emergency managers who worked with first responders to help homeowners.

flood monitoring and warning

Under Ontario’s Conservation Authorities Act our role in managing flood hazards is to:

monitor watershed conditions and weather forecasts
predict river and Lake Ontario conditions
communicate our science and findings to municipal emergency managers and the public
provide technical advice to municipalities so they can appropriately respond to floods

Segment of a new flood hazard map

mapping flood hazards

We map flood hazard lines, a critical component of helping keep people and multi-million dollar infrastructure safe from the hazards of flooding and erosion. We also evaluate municipal and development plans, and issue permits for development within our regulated areas.

In 2018 we updated flood hazard maps across our jurisdiction representing nearly 40 kms of rivers and streams.

support for municipal emergency management

In 2018, we began developing colour-coded flood risk maps to help identify risk of flooding to roads, homes, buildings and other structures.

These new maps help us understand relative risks in a community. They show municipalities the depth of flooding at different storm levels. They make it possible for emergency managers to better direct first responder activities.

critical risk and return on investment tool

We made strides developing a risk and return on investment tool. It helps municipalities evaluate flood risks and strategies for adapting under present and future climate scenarios. It’s an important resource for helping municipalities pinpoint capital investments where their risk for community safety and damages is greatest.

building resiliency with green infrastructure

naturally managing stormwater

We continued to build and monitor low impact development (LID) practices to help municipalities manage stormwater runoff. Green infrastructure (GI) such as LID practises naturally filter dirty runoff, slowly releasing cleaner water into streams or stormwater pipes. This helps reduce flooding, protect against erosion and increase biodiversity.

In Peel Region, CVC continued supporting 12 different LID sites that will grow to 50 sites by 2027.

Monitoring at an LID site in Halton Hills shows that stormwater discharges meet water quality guidelines to protect aquatic life.

In communities such as the Town of Erin where salty groundwater is the main source of drinking water, innovative liners become part of the LID filtering system.

partnering to build green infrastructure capacity

We signed an agreement last year with Lake Simcoe Conservation Authority and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority to pool green infrastructure resources and expertise under one brand – STEP.

STEP arms contractors, engineers and other Ontario professionals with the knowledge, courses, training and tools to get green infrastructure practices in the ground.

natural assets as economic drivers

In a Peel Region pilot in 2017, we developed an approach for evaluating the economic value of natural assets – forests, wetlands, open spaces – to deliver critical stormwater management services usually provided by engineered infrastructure.

Our results proved that natural systems help build community resilience by delivering services such as flood mitigation. Even more telling was that their value increased under future climate change conditions.

The value of all natural assets in Peel under current climate conditions in 2017 was $20 billion. That will grow by 9% to $21.8 billion under climate conditions in 2065.  

protecting drinking water sources

CVC continues to work with municipalities and neighbouring conservation authorities to protect drinking water sources in the CTC Source Protection Region.

The region is made up of the Credit Valley, Toronto and Region, and Central Lake Ontario Source Protection Areas established under the Clean Water Act, 2006. The Act establishes a locally driven, science-based, multi-stakeholder process to protect drinking water sources and ensure sustainably clean, safe drinking water.

In 2018, the majority of policies in the CTC Source Protection Plan had been implemented and/or were progressing according to timelines outlined in the plan. There’s a full accounting of the status of those milestones in the CTC Source Protection Region 2018 Annual Report.

Learn more about protecting our sources of drinking water in the CTC Source Protection Region.

building resiliency in communities

inspiring neighbourhood resilience

We planned for climate action in the Fletchers Creek neighbourhood in Brampton. This is the first Sustainable Neighbourhood Action Plan (SNAP) in the Credit River Watershed.

SNAP engages and empowers neighbours to make a plan and take action in their own communities.

We also partnered with the Town of Halton Hills to start our second SNAP in a Georgetown neighbourhood.

volunteers and partners build resilience

exploring at conservation areas

Our parks continue to inspire visitors to connect with nature.

Our successful partnership with Toronto and Region Conservation Authority continued under the Conservation Parks brand. Our growing program options from stand-up paddle boards to riding fat bikes on ice are sparking a lasting love of nature for people of all ages.

Conservation Area visits up

7 %

Conservation Parks Memberships up

53 %

since 2015

Revenue growth up

10 %

We offer events from maple syrup to Fall Fest, weddings, annual Fishing Derbies, yoga and films in the park.

You can ice fish and ice skate, fish and paddle board, hike, cycle and snowshoe.

the resilient Cheltenham Badlands

Under an agreement with Ontario Heritage Trust, we jointly re-opened The Cheltenham Badlands in time for fall colours. The natural landmark was closed for three years undergoing changes to protect this geological treasure.

For six weeks, nearly 15,000 visitors enjoyed sights from a new boardwalk and viewing platform with on-site parking and weekend shuttle service from Terra Cotta Conservation Area.

Credit Valley Trail

Our legacy Credit Valley Trail (CVT) continued to capture the hearts and minds of people and municipalities along the Credit River in 2018.

The Credit Valley Conservation Foundation launched the first public fundraising campaign for the legacy trail to help acquire 44 acres in the heart of Caledon in 2019.

Credit Valley Conservation Foundation first public fundraising campaign launched for naturally-significant Capstone property, Caledon

First corporate sponsor
407 ETR Investing $100,000 over the next 5 years.

‘Trailhead Indigenous’, November 18, 2018
Day of celebration and connection between nations, peoples, the land and the water

‘Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation’ investment of $50,000
To develop the Natural and Cultural Heritage Destination Plan and the Indigenous Experience Plan

5 Implementation Committees convened during the year:

Marketing and Communications
Indigenous Roundtable
Trail Planning and Management
Fundraising and Community Engagement
Experience Planning

resiliency in funding support through Credit Valley Conservation Foundation

Credit Valley Conservation Foundation

Thanks to the incredible generosity of donors, funders and sponsors, Credit Valley Conservation Foundation (CVCF) raised $1,315,163 for CVC in 2018.

In the first three years of our PROTECT, CONNECT, SUSTAIN campaign (2016-2020), we’re proud to have raised $3.6 million of our $5 million goal.


Corporate Supporters


Individuals and families


Community Orgs and Foundations


Government Partners


In-Kind Donors


Fundraising Event Attendees

resilient financial health

Total contributions from municipal levy

BUDGET: $24,647,858
ACTUAL: $25,184,168

Total raised through other sources (grants, etc.)

BUDGET: $1,763,462
ACTUAL: $3,038,570

Total revenue generated by CVC (parks, planning fees, etc.)

BUDGET: $3,749,607
ACTUAL: $4,364,030

Total budget to actual

BUDGET: $30,160,927
ACTUAL: $30,820,346*

*Actuals include revenues in excess of budget.
For more information please see our Audited Financial Statements.

resilient Credit River Watershed

The Credit River Watershed is the area of land that drains runoff from rain and snow into the tributaries of the Credit River.

The Credit River is almost 90 km long, meandering southeast from the Headwaters in Orangeville, Erin and Mono, though Caledon, Halton Hills and Brampton, eventually draining into Lake Ontario at Port Credit in Mississauga. The area jurisdiction for Credit Valley Conservation also includes other local watersheds that drain directly into Lake Ontario and a section of the Lake Ontario shoreline.

2018 board of directors

Region of Peel

All City of Mississauga councillors are also Region of Peel councillors.

Nando Iannica

Nando Iannicca
CVC Chair
Councillor Ward 7,
City of Mississauga
Ph: 905-896-5700

City of Mississauga
300 City Centre Dr.
Mississauga ON
L5B 3C1

Karen Ras, CVC Chair

Karen Ras
Councillor Ward 2,
City of Mississauga
Ph: 905-896-5200

City of Mississauga
300 City Centre Dr.
Mississauga, ON
L5B 3C1

Ron Starr

Ron Starr
Councillor Ward 6,
City of Mississauga
Ph: 905-896-5600

City of Mississauga
300 City Centre Dr.
Mississauga ON
L5B 3C1

David Cook
Councillor Ward 1,
City of Mississauga

City of Mississauga
300 City Centre Dr.
Mississauga ON
L5B 3C1

Martin Medeiros

Martin Medeiros 
Regional Councillor
Wards 3 & 4,
City of Brampton
Ph: 905- 874-2634

City of Brampton
2 Wellington St. W.
Brampton, ON
L6Y 4R2

Michael Palleschi

Michael Palleschi
Regional Councillor
Wards 2 & 6,
City of Brampton
Ph: 905-874-2602

City of Brampton
2 Wellington St. W.
Brampton ON
L6Y 4R2

Johanna Downey

Johanna Downey
Regional Councillor Ward 2,
Town of Caledon
Ph: 905-584-2272

Town of Caledon
6311 Old Church Rd.
Caledon, ON
L7C 1J6

Region of Halton

Tom Adams, CVC Vice Chair

Tom Adams
Regional Councillor Ward 6,
Town of Oakville

Town of Oakville
1225 Trafalgar Rd.
Oakville ON
L6J 5A6

Bob Inglis

Bob Inglis
Councillor Ward 4,
Town of Halton Hills
Ph: 905-873-9124

Town of Halton Hills
1 Halton Hills Drive
Halton Hills, ON
L7G 5G2

John Brennan

John Brennan
Town Councillor,
Town of Erin
Ph: 519-833-7309

Corp. of the Town of Erin
5684 Trafalgar Rd.
ON N0B 1Z0

Gail Campbell

Gail Campbell
Town Councillor,
Town of Orangeville
Ph: 519-941-0439

Town of Orangeville
87 Broadway
Orangeville ON
L9W 1K1

Don MacIver

Don MacIver
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

Thank you to our member municipalities for their strong support and financial contributions.

2018 senior management team

Mike Puddister

Mike Puddister
Deputy CAO and Director, Watershed Transformation

Tim Mereu

Tim Mereu
Director, Watershed Management

Gary Murphy

Gary Murphy
Director, Planning and Development Services

Jeff Payne

Jeff Payne
Director, Corporate Services

Gayle Soo-Chan

Gayle Soo-Chan
Director, Watershed Knowledge

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