6. Under the Clean Water Act, 2006, what are “Source Protection Plans” and how are these documents prepared, reviewed and approved?


ANSWER: Source Protection Plans are locally drafted, science-based plans that contain various policies intended to protect the quality and quantity of current and future sources of municipal drinking water in Source Protection Areas and Regions across Ontario. The mandatory (and optional) content requirements for Source Protection Plans are set out in the Clean Water Act, 2006 and regulations. There have been numerous opportunities for public review and comment upon draft and proposed Source Protection Plans before the plans were submitted for approval by the Minister of the Environment.


Background: Source Protection Plans The purpose of Ontario’s Clean Water Act, 2006 (“CWA”) is to protect existing and future sources of drinking water. To achieve this purpose, the CWA establishes a source protection planning process that is locally driven, science-based, and consultative in nature. Download rest of 4-page fact sheet below.

Last updated: December 2013

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