About Us

The North Bay - Mattawa Conservation Authority (NBMCA) was formed under the Conservation Authorities Act of Ontario in 1972 at the request of its 10 member municipalities. As a community-based, environmental organization in Ontario’s near north, the NBMCA is dedicated to conserving, restoring, developing and managing renewable natural resources on a watershed basis.  It is our mission to balance human and economic needs with the needs of the natural environment.

The NBMCA’s area of jurisdiction equals over 2,800 square kilometers and is based on identified watersheds within the Lake Nipissing and the Ottawa River Basins. Highlights of the NBMCA's jurisdictional area include Lake Nipissing, Trout Lake, Wasi Lake, the Mattawa River, the North Bay Escarpment and parts of Algonquin Park.  

Providing leadership through coordination of watershed planning, implementation of resource management programs and promotion of conservation awareness and environmental stewardship in cooperation with others.

Providing effective leadership in the management of our watersheds where partners and communities are actively engaged in balancing human needs with the needs of the natural environment. 


Action: Establish priorities and undertake initiatives based on desired results, ensuring that actions or decisions are undertaken, individually and collectively, in an accountable and timely manner. 

Collaboration:  work together with our partners and communities to strengthen our approach and create synergy for improving watershed management.

Innovation:  be a leader in science-based integrated watershed management that accommodates taking new approaches to our business.

Transparency:  communicate and share information and ideas using appropriate language and outreach techniques to bring out clear understanding. 

Integrity:  ensure that actions or decisions do not compromise our fundamental values or principles.

NBMCA is a non-share corporation, established under Section 3 of the Conservation Authorities Act, with the objects to provide, in the area over which it has jurisdiction, programs and services designed to further the conservation, restoration, development and management of natural resources in watersheds in Ontario, other than gas, coal and minerals.  NBMCA is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board of Directors has approved an Administrative By-Law which addresses the establishment and governance responsibility of the Board as well as the Board's Meeting Procedures, Code of Conduct, Conflict of Interest, and Procedure for Election of Officers.   
Administrative By-Law


We aim to provide a high standard of effective and efficient service to all of our customers.  This Customer Service Charter explains our service commitment.


NBMCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer in accordance with the Accessibility of Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code.  


The work of the North Bay - Mattawa Conservation Authority is funded in part by its 10 member municipalities and the provincial government. As a non-profit charitable organization, the NBMCA also relies on assistance from federal and provincial grants, charitable donations and community support. 

You can financially support our environmental efforts through online donations through Canadahelps.org, through memorial gifts, or sponsorship of events and activities, including the Mattawa River Canoe Race.  To donate, contact NBMCA Communications and Outreach at 705 474-5420 ext 2010. 

There are currently 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario engaged in land and water resource management activities. All are members of Conservation Ontario.