Water Resources Act (Ontario, Canada)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

EZFeed Policy

Place Ontario

Applies to States or Provinces Ontario
Name Water Resources Act (Ontario, Canada)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Environmental Regulations
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Geothermal Electric, Natural Gas, Nuclear
Active Policy Yes
Implementing Sector State/Province

Start Date 2007

Program Administrator Ontario Ministry of the Environment
Primary Website http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/statutes/english/elaws_statutes_90o40_e.htm

Last Review 2014-09-15


The Ontario Water Resources Act is designed to conserve, protect and manage Ontario's water resources for efficient and sustainable use. The act focuses on both groundwater and surface water throughout the province.

The Water Resources Act regulates sewage disposal and "sewage works" and prohibits the discharge of polluting materials that may impair water quality. The act was also designed in part to protect the province's water resources from industrial and commercial users who might draw more water out of provincial aquifers than they can reasonably sustain. Permits to take more than 50,000 liters of water per day from ground or surface water sources are regulated under the Water Resources Act. The Water Resources Act also regulates well construction, well operation and abandonment, and the approval, construction and operation of all waterworks.

Policy Contact

Department Ontario Ministry of the Environment
Division Environmental Assessment and Approvals Branch
Address 2 St. Clair Avenue West, Floor 12A
Place Toronto, Ontario
Zip/Postal Code M4V 1L5
Phone (416) 314-8001
Phone 2 1-800-461-6290
Email picemail.moe@ontario.ca
Department Ontario Ministry of the Environment
Division Regional Offices

Website http://www.ene.gov.on.ca/environment/en/about/regional_district_offices/index.htm