The Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) manages water and other resources on behalf of close to one million people and 39 municipalities in the Grand River watershed.
The GRCA is the oldest water management agency in Canada and one of the oldest in the world.
The GRCA is a member of Conservation Ontario, an organization representing all 36 Conservation Authorities in the province.
The GRCA is governed by the Conservation Authorities Act and two provincial regulations:
A 26-member board of directors oversees the policies, programs and budgets of the GRCA. Municipalities appoint the members of the board. Many appointees are also municipal councillors while some are citizen appointees.
The board meets monthly, usually on the fourth Friday of the month. The board agendas, reports and minutes are available in our board meeting calendar.
The GRCA Strategic Plan was approved in 2012.
Under the Clean Water Act, the members of the GRCA board also serve as members of the Grand River Source Protection Authority. GRSPA meetings are held when required to carry out duties associated with drinking water source protection. More information is available on the website of the Lake Erie Source Protection Region.
The operations of the GRCA are overseen by Chief Administrative Officer Joe Farwell.
He is supported by four division directors:
Department managers report to the directors.
The GRCA has about 140 full-time employees. Most of them work in the head office at 400 Clyde Rd., Cambridge. Others work at parks and nature centres throughout the watershed.
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