HCA Funding Information

HCA Funding Information and Financial Statements

User and membership fees help pay for trail maintenance, emergency services, property taxes, insurance and all those little things we need to keep our conservation areas open. Just as important, these dollars directly contribute to important conservation work throughout our watershed and preserve heritage sites on HCA lands.

For almost 50 years, financing conservation authority work was a provincial-municipal partnership.  However, conservation authorities have seen dramatic reductions in provincial funding, but must still carry out their mandated work.

To meet their most pressing responsibilities, conservation authorities have restructured, streamlined, refocused priorities and stretched available resources.  Some have reduced services; most have increased other sources of revenue to focus on the highest priorities. Generally, self-generated revenue and municipal levies cover the bulk of the cost of the work.

The Hamilton Conservation Authority receives a levy from the City of Hamilton and also the Township of Puslinch that forms part of our budget.  The remainder of the budget is funded through user fees, membership fees, grants and donations.  Our financial statements, which are audited annually, are available to the public once approved by the Board of Directors.

Financial Statements