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December 23, 2014

Ontario Regulatory Amendments Strengthen Protection of Great Lakes–St. Lawrence River Basin

Companies and entrepreneurs wishing to divert water from one Great Lake watershed to another should note stricter requirements, the last of which will come into force on January 1, 2015 by way of regulatory amendments made on October 22, 2014.

O. Reg. 225/14 amends the Water Taking Regulation (O. Reg. 387/04) under the Ontario Water Resources Act and renames it the Water Taking and Transfer Regulation. O. Reg. 226/14 amends the Classification of Proposals for Instruments Regulation under Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993.

Once in force, the regulatory amendments will fully implement Ontario’s commitments under the 2005 Great Lakes – St. Lawrence River Basin Sustainable Water Resources Agreement.

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