Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) protects, conserves, and restores natural resources and develops resilient communities through education, the application of science, community engagement, service excellence and collaboration with our partners. TRCA provides the following services:

  • Watershed Health
  • Education and Recreation
  • Planning and Sustainable Communities

TRCA is the largest landowner (almost 18,000 hectares) in the GTA region, and it makes its lands available to the community for outdoor and conservation education, recreation and historic site purposes. TRCA’s area of jurisdiction includes 3,467 square kilometres: 2,506 on land and 961 water-based.

Download the Budget Analyst Notes for Toronto and Region Conservation Authority for detailed information on service levels, key initiatives, challenges and performance measures. You can also review budget highlights below.

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority is committed to protecting, restoring and celebrating the natural environment in the Toronto region through the development and application of watershed plans, innovative environmental science and educational programs.

Download the TRCA Program Map to better understand the services and activities the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority delivers on behalf of the City of Toronto.

Operating Budget

The total cost to deliver these services to Toronto residents is $51.4 million gross and $8.9 million net.


  • 5.0% Budget increase over the 2018 Approved Net Operating Budget to sustain TRCA service levels and maintain City’s apportionment.
  • $2.772M User fee changes to reflect inflationary adjustments in order to support the recreational opportunities offered by TRCA.
  • $0.322M Combined increases in the contribution from Toronto Water and additional revenue from regional municipal partners.
  • 2020/2021 Increases attributed to known inflationary adjustments for salaries and benefits for the corresponding years.

Key Challenges

  • Aging infrastructure requiring additional resources to service and maintain.
  • External forces impacting revenue sources such as weather which can impact attendance for the Conservation Areas, Black Creek Pioneer Village and Kortright Centre.
  • Backlog for major maintenance, particularly associated with the Black Creek Pioneer Village.
  • Additional staff in Planning and Development Section are needed to meet service level demands.
  • Unmet needs of over $343 million that includes $172 million for the Scarborough Waterfront project.

Priority Actions

  • Working with the City of Toronto to increase its operating expense apportionment to match TRCA’s other partner municipalities.
  • Working with the City to finance remaining unfunded priority projects and coordinating logistics for ongoing projects within the jurisdiction.
  • Increasing TRCA’s corporate service capacity to support rapid growth in our externally facing divisions through the centralization of Corporate Services ($0.186 million gross and net) included in the 2019 Staff Recommended Operating Budget for TRCA.
  • Adding $4.895 million to the 10-Year Capital Plan for preliminary design work and the re-construction of Brimley Road.

Capital Budget and Plan

The 10-year Capital Plan is $207.2 million to support TRCA’s objective of creating a Living City vision, which encompasses flood protection, erosion control, waterfront generation, acquisition of environmentally significant properties and environmental rehabilitation. The delivery of these projects will help TRCA pursue and achieve its service objectives and strategic directions guided by the Building The Living City 2013 – 2022 Strategic Plan.

Highlights – 1 Year

  • $9.500M Continue critical Erosion & Floodworks to address erosion control needs and damaged caused by various storms.
  • $3.197M Implement Living City Action Plan and Greenspace Acquisition for re-naturalization of watercourses, water quality and habitat improvements.
  • $3.023M Control Waterfront and Valley Erosion through protection initiatives and maintain and develop various Waterfront sites.
  • $2.371M Address the backlog of restoration and major maintenance repair to the hydro and HVAC systems as part of the Black Creek Village Retrofit project.
  • $1.029M Begin the preliminary design work and detailed costing and timing estimates of the entire Scarborough Waterfront project.

Highlights – 10 Years

  • $187.673M State of Good Repair (SOGR) to maintaining assets including major maintenance of existing waterfront erosion control structures, environmental rehabilitation, watershed monitoring and management, and facilities retrofit.
  • $13.266M Growth projects to support the TRCA’s Long-Term Accommodation Plan with a new administrative office building to be constructed on land it owns in the City of Toronto by 2037.
  • $4.895M Health & Safety projects to manage public safety and property risk in the areas of the Scarborough Waterfront and Scarborough Bluffs West as part of the Asset and Infrastructure Management Plan.
  • $1.350M Service Improvement project for waterfront parkland development at Tommy Thompson Park.

Find more information on specific City issues, opportunities and challenges in the briefing notes and reports prepared by City staff. Documents will be posted as they become available.

Briefing Note 40 – 2019 Operating Budget – Proposed Resolution to Augment City of Toronto Operating Levy Funding of Toronto and Region Conservation Authority 

Presentations made to committee and City Council provide an overview of the 2019 City budget. Documents will be posted as they become available.