At the heart of Ontario’s water expertise is a history of progressive policy put into action, ensuring that technology innovation can create a competitive advantage to meet domestic needs. The progressive water policies have also resulted in accelerating export growth to global markets as well as attracting international water companies to Ontario.
The Government of Ontario regularly updates its policy to ensure it is protecting and conserving the province’s water resources.
Several key pieces of legislation guide and support the protection of water in the province and bolster associated technologies and solutions. Here are a few:
- The Clean Water Act helps protect drinking water from source to tap with a multi-barrier approach that stops contaminants from entering sources of drinking water, including lakes, rivers and aquifers. It requires that local source protection committees assess existing and potential threats to water and implement action plans based on sound science to reduce or eliminate these threats.
- Building on existing policy and practice in Ontario’s treatment and distribution of drinking water, the Safe Drinking Water Act protects human health through the control and regulation of drinking-water systems and testing.
- The Water Resources Act is designed to conserve, protect, and manage Ontario’s water resources for efficient and sustainable use. The act regulates sewage disposal and prohibits the discharge of polluting materials that may impair water quality.
- The Water Opportunities Act supports Ontario as the North American leader in the development and commercialization of water conservation and treatment technologies. The act encourages sustainable infrastructure and conservation planning using made-in-Ontario technologies to solve water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure challenges.
- The Great Lakes Protection Act recognizes the need to protect and restore the ecological health of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin, and to create opportunities for people to become involved in this work.
Through these specific provisions, Ontario’s provincial government is committed to maintaining Ontario’s position as North America’s leading clean water jurisdiction, and to continue growing its water industry to compete globally.
Partnering with water industry stakeholders, the Government of Ontario also encourages the development, demonstration, commercialization, and adoption of innovative water solutions. The provincial government is also committed to working with stakeholders to expand the reach of Ontario companies in global markets, and attracting global companies to invest in Ontario.