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Legislation in British Columbia

On February 29, 2016, British Columbia’s Water Sustainability Act came into force.  Regulations and policies supporting the Act that affect the groundwater industry include the Water Sustainability Regulation, Water Sustainability Fees, Rentals and Charges Tariff Regulation, and Groundwater Protection Regulation. 

For the first time, those who use groundwater for non-domestic purposes such as irrigation, industrial use, water bottling or municipal water systems will require a water licence and pay fees and annual water rentals just like surface water users.  For existing groundwater users, the regulations provide a three-year transition period in which to apply for a licence; application fees will be waived during the first year.

More information can be found on the Water Sustainability Act website at: https://engage.gov.bc.ca/watersustainabilityact/


Canadian Federal Legislation

While provincial and territorial governments have the primary responsibility for managing and protecting water quality, including the provision and regulation of drinking water and wastewater services, the federal government is responsible for ensuring the safety of drinking water within areas of federal jurisdiction, such as national parks and Aboriginal reserves. It also plays a significant role in protecting water quality by regulating toxic substances, conducting water quality research, and promoting pollution prevention. Click here for more information.



Legislation in Other Provinces
and Territories

To find specific legislation related to all Provinces and Territories in Canada, the CCME has provided an informative and centralized starting point for all your questions.