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Water Opportunities Act, 2010

S.O. 2010, CHAPTER 19
Schedule 1

Consolidation Period:  From March 2, 2011 to the e-Laws currency date.

Last amendment:  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 45.

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CONTENTS

PART I
PURPOSES AND TARGETS

1.

Purposes

2.

Targets

PART II
WATER TECHNOLOGY ACCELERATION PROJECT

3.

Definitions

4.

Corporation established

5.

Objects

6.

Members

7.

Board of directors

8.

By-laws

9.

Powers

10.

Business planning

11.

Employees and other assistance

12.

Directives of the Minister

13.

Application of the Corporations Act, Corporations Information Act

13.

Application of Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010, Corporations Information Act

14.

No personal liability

15.

Not Crown agents

16.

No Crown liability

17.

Fiscal year

18.

Audit

19.

Annual report

20.

Other reports

21.

Winding up the Corporation

22.

Grants

23.

Regulations

PART III
MUNICIPAL WATER SUSTAINABILITY PLANS AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS AND TARGETS

24.

Definitions

25.

Municipal water sustainability plan

26.

Requirements for plan

27.

Joint plans

28.

Performance indicators

29.

Performance targets

30.

Review and evaluation of performance

31.

Failure to achieve a target

32.

Legislation Act, 2006

33.

Delegation of authority

34.

Forms

35.

Regulations

PART IV
PUBLIC SECTOR REQUIREMENTS

36.

Definitions

37.

Water conservation plans

38.

Joint plans, public agencies

39.

Duty to consider water

40.

Regulations

PART V
MUNICIPAL WATER BILLS

41.

Municipal water bills

PART VI
TRIENNIAL REPORTS

42.

Triennial reports

PART VII
REGULATIONS

43.

Regulations

44.

Amendments to adopted documents

 

part i
purposes and targets

Purposes

1. (1) The purposes of this Act are,

(a) to foster innovative water, wastewater and stormwater technologies, services and practices in the private and public sectors;

(b) to create opportunities for economic development and clean-technology jobs in Ontario; and

(c) to conserve and sustain water resources for present and future generations.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 1 (1).

Same

(2) For greater certainty, the purposes of this Act do not include the privatization of publicly owned water, wastewater and stormwater services.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 1 (2).

Targets

2. (1) The Minister of the Environment may, to further the purposes of this Act, establish aspirational targets in respect of the conservation of water and any other matter the Minister considers advisable.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 2 (1).

Publication

(2) The Minister shall publish targets established under this section on the environmental registry established under section 5 of the Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993, together with a summary of the information the Minister relied on to establish each target.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 2 (2).

Other targets

(3) The authority to establish targets under this section is in addition to any other authority to establish targets under this Act.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 2 (3).

part ii
water technology acceleration PROJECT

Definitions

3. In this Part,

“board” means the board of directors of the Corporation; (“conseil d’administration”)

“Corporation” means the corporation established in section 4; (“société”)

“Minister” means the Minister of Research and Innovation or any other member of the Executive Council to whom responsibility for the administration of this Part is assigned or transferred under the Executive Council Act; (“ministre”)

“regulations” means the regulations made under this Part; (“règlements”)

“wastewater” includes stormwater. (“eaux usées”)  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 3.

Corporation established

4. A corporation without share capital is hereby established under the name the Water Technology Acceleration Project in English and Projet de développement accéléré des technologies de l’eau in French.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 4.

Objects

5. The objects of the Corporation are,

(a) to assist in promoting the development of Ontario’s water and wastewater sectors;

(b) to assist Ontario’s water and wastewater sectors by increasing their capacity to,

(i) develop, test, demonstrate and commercialize innovative technologies and services for the treatment and management of water and wastewater, and

(ii) expand their business opportunities nationally and internationally;

(c) to provide a forum for governments, the private sector and academic institutions to exchange information and ideas on how to make Ontario a leading jurisdiction in the development and commercialization of innovative technologies and services for the treatment and management of water and wastewater;

(d) to encourage collaboration and co-operation in Ontario’s water and wastewater sectors;

(e) if requested by the Minister, assist in the development of certification, labelling and verification programs for water and wastewater technologies and services;

(f) to provide the Minister with advice on what actions the Government of Ontario should take to assist in fostering the development of Ontario’s water and wastewater sectors; and

(g) to carry out the other objects that may be prescribed by the regulations.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 5.

Members

6. The members of the Corporation shall consist of the members of its board of directors.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 6.

Board of directors

7. The Corporation shall have a board of directors that shall manage or supervise the management of the affairs of the Corporation.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 7.

By-laws

8. The board may make by-laws governing the management of the Corporation and the conduct and administration of the Corporation’s affairs.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 8.

Powers

9. The Corporation has the capacity and the rights, powers and privileges of a natural person, subject to the limitations set out in this Part or prescribed by the regulations.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 9.

Business planning

10. (1) At least 90 days before the beginning of each fiscal year, the board shall adopt a business plan for the fiscal year.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 10 (1).

Contents

(2) The business plan must include the following information:

1. A description of the major activities and the objectives of the Corporation for the year and for following years.

2. A description of the policies and strategies of the Corporation to achieve those objectives.

3. A description of the budget of the Corporation for achieving those objectives.

4. Such other information as may be required by the Minister.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 10 (2).

Employees and other assistance

11. (1) The Corporation may enter into agreements with any Minister of a Ministry or the head of any Crown agency to have employees of the Crown employed in that Ministry or employees of that Crown agency, as the case may be, provide services to the Corporation.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 11 (1).

Professional assistance

(2) The Corporation may,

(a) engage persons, other than those mentioned in subsection (1), to provide professional, technical or other assistance to or on behalf of the Corporation; and

(b) establish the terms of engagement and provide for the payment of the remuneration and expenses of the persons engaged under clause (a).  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 11 (2).

Directives of the Minister

12. (1) The Minister may issue directives in writing to the Corporation on matters relating to the exercise of its powers or duties.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 12 (1).

Implementation

(2) The board shall ensure that the directives issued to the Corporation are implemented promptly and efficiently.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 12 (2).

Organization of conferences and programs

(3) Without limiting the generality of subsection (1), the Minister may direct the Corporation to assist ministries of the Government of Ontario or Crown agencies in organizing conferences and other programs relating to Ontario’s water and wastewater sectors.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 12 (3).

Application of the Corporations Act, Corporations Information Act

13. The Corporations Act and the Corporations Information Act do not apply to the Corporation, except as prescribed by the regulations.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 13.

Note: On the later of the day section 13 comes into force and the day subsection 4 (1) of the Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010 comes into force, section 13 is repealed and the following substituted:

Application of Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010, Corporations Information Act

13. The Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010 and the Corporations Information Act do not apply to the Corporation, except as prescribed by the regulations.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 45 (3).

See: 2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, ss. 45 (3).

No personal liability

14. (1) No action or other proceeding shall be instituted against a member of the board or an officer, employee or agent of the Corporation for any act done in good faith in the execution or intended execution of any duty imposed or power conferred by this Part or the regulations, the by-laws of the Corporation or under a directive issued under section 12 or for any alleged omission in the execution in good faith of that duty or power.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 14 (1).

Liability of the Corporation

(2) Subsection (1) does not relieve the Corporation of any liability to which it would otherwise be subject in respect of an act or omission of a person mentioned in that subsection.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 14 (2).

Not Crown agents

15. The Corporation and its members, officers, employees and agents are not agents of the Crown in right of Ontario and shall not hold themselves out as agents of the Crown.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 15.

No Crown liability

16. No action or other proceeding shall be instituted against the Minister, the Crown in right of Ontario, or any employee of the Crown for any act or omission of the Corporation or a member, officer, employee or agent of the Corporation.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 16.

Fiscal year

17. The Corporation’s fiscal year commences April 1 in each year and ends on March 31 in the following year.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 17.

Audit

18. The board shall appoint one or more licensed public accountants to audit the accounts and financial transactions of the Corporation for each fiscal year.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 18.

Annual report

19. (1) The board shall submit an annual report on its affairs to the Minister and make it available to the public within 90 days after the end of each fiscal year.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 19 (1).

Contents

(2) The report shall include,

(a) the audited financial statements of the Corporation;

(b) a description of the Corporation’s activities and achievements during the fiscal year; and

(c) any other information that the Minister directs to be included in the annual report.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 19 (2).

Recommendations to the Minister

(3) The board shall, in every third year, make such recommendations to change this Part and the regulations as it considers advisable, including changes to the objects of the Corporation under section 5.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 19 (3).

Other reports

20. The Corporation shall promptly prepare and submit to the Minister any other report that the Minister requires.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 20.

Winding up the Corporation

21. (1) The Lieutenant Governor in Council may by order require the board to wind up the affairs of the Corporation.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 21 (1).

Preparation of plan

(2) If the Lieutenant Governor in Council makes an order under subsection (1), the board shall prepare a proposed plan for winding up the Corporation and transferring its assets, liabilities, rights and obligations and shall give the proposed plan to the Lieutenant Governor in Council for approval.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 21 (2).

Restriction

(3) The plan for winding up the Corporation may provide for,

(a) liquidating assets and transferring the proceeds to the Consolidated Revenue Fund or to an agency of the Crown; and

(b) transferring assets, liabilities, rights and obligations to the Crown in right of Ontario or to an agency of the Crown.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 21 (3).

Implementation

(4) If the Lieutenant Governor in Council approves the proposed plan, the board shall wind up the affairs of the Corporation and transfer its assets, liabilities, rights and obligations, including transferring the proceeds from the liquidation of assets, in accordance with the plan.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 21 (4).

Notice

(5) The board shall notify the Minister in writing when it has finished complying with subsection (4).  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 21 (5).

Dissolution

(6) After the Minister receives the notice under subsection (5), the Lieutenant Governor in Council may by order dissolve the Corporation.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 21 (6).

Grants

22. The Minister may provide grants to the Corporation for the purpose of defraying its operating costs, on such conditions as the Minister considers advisable, out of money appropriated for that purpose by the Legislature.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 22.

Regulations

23. The Lieutenant Governor in Council may make regulations,

(a) governing the composition of the board, the appointment or election of board members, the remuneration of and reimbursement of expenses of board members, and the quorum of the board;

(b) prescribing provisions of the Corporations Act and the Corporations Information Act that apply to the Corporation, and prescribing any modifications, if necessary;

Note: On the later of the day clause (b) comes into force and the day subsection 4 (1) of the Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010 comes into force, clause (b) is amended by striking out “Corporations Act” and substituting “Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010”.  See: 2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, ss. 45 (4).

(c) prescribing provisions of the Business Corporations Act that apply to the Corporation or to the members of the board, and prescribing any modifications, if necessary;

(d) prescribing anything that this Part refers to as prescribed by the regulations.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 23.

Part III
Municipal water sustainability plans and Performance Indicators and Targets

Definitions

24. In this Part,

“Minister” means the Minister of the Environment or any other member of the Executive Council to whom responsibility for the administration of this Part is assigned or transferred under the Executive Council Act; (“ministre”)

“municipal service” means, subject to the regulations, municipal water services, municipal wastewater services or municipal stormwater services; (“service municipal”)

“municipal service provider” means a municipality, person or entity having jurisdiction over one or more municipal services; (“fournisseur de services municipaux”)

“plan” means a municipal water sustainability plan required under section 25; (“plan”)

“prescribed” means prescribed by the regulations; (“prescrit”)

“regulations” means the regulations made under this Part. (“règlements”)  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 24.

Municipal water sustainability plan

25. (1) On becoming a regulated entity under the regulations, a municipal service provider shall, in accordance with such requirements as may be prescribed, prepare, approve and submit to the Minister a municipal water sustainability plan for all municipal services,

(a) that are under the municipal service provider’s jurisdiction; and

(b) to which, under the regulations, the regulated entity’s initial plan is to apply.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 25 (1).

Amendments to plans

(2) A regulated entity shall, in accordance with such requirements as may be prescribed, amend its plan if the regulations subsequently require the regulated entity’s plan to include,

(a) a municipal service under its jurisdiction that was not previously required to be included in its plan; or

(b) new or different information.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 25 (2).

Approval and submission of amended plans

(3) A regulated entity shall, in accordance with such requirements as may be prescribed, approve amendments to its plan and, in such circumstances as may be prescribed, submit its amended plan to the Minister.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 25 (3).

Amendments to achieve targets

(4) The Minister may, by direction, require a regulated entity to amend its plan in such manner and at such time as the Minister may direct in order to assist the regulated entity to achieve performance targets established by the Minister under section 29.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 25 (4).

Review of plans

(5) A regulated entity shall ensure that such review of its plan as may be required by the regulations is undertaken and completed in accordance with such requirements as may be prescribed and that the report of the review is approved and submitted to the Minister in accordance with such requirements as may be prescribed.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 25 (5).

Approval by municipality

(6) In such circumstances as may be prescribed, if a regulated entity that has jurisdiction over a municipal service is not a municipality, a plan, amendment to a plan or proposed report of a required review of a plan that relates to the municipal service shall not be submitted to the Minister without the approval of the municipality in which the municipal service is provided.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 25 (6).

Requirements for plan

26. (1) A plan must satisfy the requirements prescribed by the regulations.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 26 (1).

Contents of plan

(2) Without limiting the generality of subsection (1), the regulations may require a plan to include any of the following matters, prepared in accordance with such requirements as may be prescribed, with respect to each municipal service to which the plan applies:

1. An asset management plan for the physical infrastructure.

2. A financial plan.

3. If the municipal service is a municipal water service, a water conservation plan.

4. An assessment of risks that may interfere with the future delivery of the municipal service, including, if required by the regulations, the risks posed by climate change and a plan to deal with those risks.

5. Strategies for maintaining and improving the municipal service, including strategies to,

i. ensure the municipal service can satisfy future demand,

ii. consider technologies, services and practices that promote the efficient use of water and reduce negative impacts on Ontario’s water resources, and 

iii. increase co-operation with other municipal service providers.

6. Such other information or things as may be prescribed relating to the municipal service.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 26 (2).

May include additional information

(3) A regulated entity may include in a plan such additional information or things as it considers advisable.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 26 (3).

Requirement to assist

(4) When, for the purpose of preparing, amending or reviewing a plan, a regulated entity requires information from a municipality, person or entity relating to a municipal service, the municipality, person or entity shall co-operate with the regulated entity and, on request, shall,

(a) provide the regulated entity with a copy of any record or other document in its possession or under its control that relates to matters to be considered in the preparation, amendment or review of the plan; and

(b) assist the regulated entity in obtaining such other information and things as the regulated entity may require to prepare, amend or review the plan.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 26 (4).

Joint plans

27. (1) Two or more regulated entities may prepare a joint plan or a joint part of their plans and, if directed to do so by the Minister, shall prepare a joint plan or joint part of their plans.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 27 (1).

Deemed to be plan of each regulated entity

(2) If two or more regulated entities prepare a joint plan, or a joint part of a plan, that satisfies the requirements of section 26, the joint plan or joint part of the plan is deemed to be the plan or a part of the plan, as applicable, of each of them.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 27 (2).

Amendments

(3) Unless otherwise directed by the Minister, any amendments to a joint plan or joint part of a plan must be made by the regulated entities that originally prepared the joint plan or part or by their successors.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 27 (3).

Review of joint plans

(4) Unless otherwise directed by the Minister, any review of a joint plan or a joint part of a plan must be undertaken by the regulated entities that originally prepared the joint plan or part or by their successors.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 27 (4).

Performance indicators

28. (1) The Minister may, by direction, establish performance indicators for any type of municipal service.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 28 (1).

Same

(2) Performance indicators established under subsection (1),

(a) may relate to the financing, operation or maintenance of a municipal service or to any other matter in respect of which information may be required to be included in a plan; and

(b) may be different for different municipal service providers or for municipal services in different areas of the Province.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 28 (2).

Publication

(3) The Minister shall publish performance indicators established under this section on the environmental registry established under section 5 of the Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993, together with a summary of the information the Minister relied on to establish each performance indicator.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 28 (3).

Performance targets

29. (1) In relation to a performance indicator established under subsection 28 (1), the Minister may establish, by direction, one or more performance targets for one or more types of municipal services under the jurisdiction of a regulated entity or a class of regulated entities, and a target may be different for different municipal service providers or for municipal services in different areas of the Province.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 29 (1).

Publication

(2) The Minister shall publish performance targets established under this section on the environmental registry established under section 5 of the Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993, together with a summary of the information the Minister relied on to establish each performance target.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 29 (2).

Review and evaluation of performance

30. (1) A regulated entity shall, when directed to do so by the Minister, review and evaluate in accordance with the Minister’s directions and such requirements as may be prescribed, the performance of a municipal service under its jurisdiction with reference to the applicable performance indicators and shall,

(a) report the results of its review and evaluation to the Minister in such manner and at such time as the Minister directs and, if a target has been established under section 29, include in the report information on the extent to which the target is being achieved; and

(b) make available, in such manner and at such time as the Minister directs, the results of its review and evaluation to the public in the geographic area in which the regulated entity provides a municipal service.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 30 (1).

Public disclosure

(2) The Minister may publicly disclose any of the information provided by regulated entities under subsection (1) in such manner and format as the Minister considers appropriate.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 30 (2).

Failure to achieve a target

31. If a regulated entity fails to achieve a target established by the Minister under section 29, the Minister may do one or both of the following:

1. Require the regulated entity to provide such additional information as the Minister specifies relating to the regulated entity’s efforts to achieve the target and the reasons for its failure to do so.

2. Invite the regulated entity to prepare and submit to the Minister a report describing,

i. proposed strategies to be included in the regulated entity’s plan to assist it in achieving the target, or

ii. proposed steps to be taken by the regulated entity to assist it in achieving the target.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 31.

Legislation Act, 2006

32. Directions made under this Part are not subject to Part III (Regulations) of the Legislation Act, 2006.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 32.

Delegation of authority

33. (1) The Minister may in writing delegate any of his or her powers or duties under this Part to one or more public servants employed under Part III of the Public Service of Ontario Act, 2006.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 33 (1).

Same

(2) A reference in this Part or the regulations to the Minister is deemed, for the purpose of a delegation under subsection (1), to be a reference to the delegate.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 33 (2).

Forms

34. The Minister may approve forms for any purpose of this Part or the regulations, specify the procedure for the use of the forms and require their use for any purpose of this Part or the regulations.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 34.

Regulations

35. The Lieutenant Governor in Council may make regulations for the purposes of this Part,

(a) prescribing a municipality, person or entity to be a regulated entity and the date on which the  municipality, person or entity becomes a regulated entity with respect to one or more municipal services under their jurisdiction;

(b) deeming a water service, wastewater service or stormwater service under the jurisdiction of a regulated entity to be a municipal service;

(c) governing the preparation, approval, submission, amendment and review of plans by regulated entities, including,

(i) governing the content of plans, including the requirements for each part of a plan relating to a type of municipal service,

(ii) requiring that prescribed parts of the plan be certified in the prescribed manner by persons with prescribed qualifications,

(iii) requiring public consultation before a plan, an amendment to a plan or the report of a review under this Part is submitted to the Minister and prescribing the manner for carrying out the public consultation in each case,

(iv) requiring that plans or a class of plans be reviewed within the period prescribed by the regulations and the process to be followed in reviewing the plans;

(d) prescribing circumstances in which a plan, an amendment to a plan or the proposed report of any required review of a plan must be approved by each municipality in which a municipal service is provided to which the plan, amendment or report relates;

(e) prescribing any time periods or time limits for doing anything required to be done under this Part or the regulations;

(f) prescribing anything that this Part describes as being prescribed by the regulations.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 35.

part IV
public sector requirements

Definitions

36. In this Part,

“prescribed” means prescribed by the regulations; (“prescrit”)

“public agency” means a ministry of the Government of Ontario or an entity, including a municipality, or class of entities that is prescribed as a public agency; (“organisme public”)

“regulations” means the regulations made under this Part. (“règlements”)  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 36.

Water conservation plans

Public agencies

37. (1) The Lieutenant Governor in Council may, by regulation, require public agencies to prepare water conservation plans.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 37 (1).

Same, regulations

(2) The regulations may provide that a plan required under subsection (1) cover such period as is prescribed and may be required at such intervals as are prescribed and may require that the plan be filed with the Ministry of the Environment.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 37 (2).

Specified targets and standards, public agencies

(3) The Lieutenant Governor in Council may, by regulation, require a public agency to achieve prescribed water conservation targets and, in achieving those targets, to comply with prescribed environmental standards and other prescribed requirements.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 37 (3).

Contents, public agencies

(4) For the purposes of subsection (1), the plan must be prepared in accordance with the requirements, as may be prescribed, and must include the following information:

1. A summary of annual water use for each of the public agency’s prescribed operations.

2. A description and a forecast of the expected results of current and proposed activities and measures being taken or proposed to be taken by the public agency to conserve water, including prescribed measures.

3. A summary of the progress and achievements in water conservation since the previous plan, including,

i. progress and achievements relating to targets established by the public agency in the plan, and

ii. progress and achievements relating to targets prescribed under subsection (3).

4. Such additional information as may be prescribed.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 37 (4).

Publication

(5) The public agency shall publish the plan in accordance with such requirements as may be prescribed.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 37 (5).

Implementation

(6) The public agency shall implement the plan and shall do so in accordance with such requirements as may be prescribed.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 37 (6).

Same, regulations

(7) The regulations may require a public agency to co-ordinate, in the prescribed manner, the preparation and implementation of its water conservation plan under this section with the preparation and implementation of the agency’s energy conservation and demand management plan under section 6 of the Green Energy Act, 2009.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 37 (7).

Joint plans, public agencies

38. (1) Two or more public agencies may prepare a joint water conservation plan and may publish and implement it jointly.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 38 (1).

Effect

(2) If the joint plan satisfies the requirements established under section 37, the public agencies are not required to prepare, publish and implement separate water conservation plans for the same period.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 38 (2).

Duty to consider water

When acquiring goods and services

39. (1) The Lieutenant Governor in Council may, by regulation, require public agencies, in their acquisition of goods and services, to consider technologies, services and practices that promote the efficient use of water and reduce negative impacts on Ontario’s water resources, and to comply with such requirements as may be prescribed for those purposes.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 39 (1).

When making capital investments

(2) The Lieutenant Governor in Council may, by regulation, require public agencies, when making capital investments, to consider technologies, services and practices that promote the efficient use of water and reduce negative impacts on Ontario’s water resources, and to comply with such requirements as may be prescribed for those purposes.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 39 (2).

Regulations

40. The Lieutenant Governor in Council may make regulations prescribing anything that this Part refers to as prescribed.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 40.

part v
municipal water bills

Municipal water bills

Definitions

41. (1) In this section,

“municipal water bill” means a bill for,

(a) fees or charges imposed under the Municipal Act, 2001 or the City of Toronto Act, 2006 in respect of a water public utility, or

(b) fees or charges imposed by a corporation established under section 203 of the Municipal Act, 2001 in respect of a water public utility;  (“facture municipale d’eau”)

“water public utility” means a public utility as defined in section 1 of the Municipal Act, 2001 that is used to provide water for the public. (“service public d’approvisionnement en eau”)  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 41 (1).

Regulations

(2) The Minister of the Environment may make regulations prescribing information that a person who issues a municipal water bill must or may include on or with the bill.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 41 (2).

part vI
triennial reports

Triennial reports

42. (1) The Minister of the Environment shall, at least once every three years, prepare a report that,

(a) describes the extent to which each target established under section 2 is being achieved;

(b) summarizes the activities and achievements of the Water Technology Acceleration Project during the reporting period;

(c) summarizes the activities and achievements of the Ontario Clean Water Agency during the reporting period relating to financing and promoting the development, testing, demonstration and commercialization of technologies and services for the treatment and management of water, wastewater and stormwater;

(d) describes actions taken and outcomes achieved during the reporting period by municipalities, persons and entities prescribed as regulated entities for the purposes of Part III in respect of their municipal water, wastewater and stormwater services;

(e) describes actions taken and outcomes achieved during the reporting period by public agencies as defined in Part IV to conserve water and to use technologies, services and practices that promote the efficient use of water and reduce negative impacts on Ontario’s water resources; and

(f) includes any other information that the Minister considers advisable.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 42 (1).

Report under Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002

(2) The Minister may include a report under this section in a report prepared under subsection 3 (4) of the Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 42 (2).

Publication

(3) If a report under this section is not included in a report prepared under subsection 3 (4) of the Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002, the Minister shall publish the report on the environmental registry established under section 5 of the Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 42 (3).

Part VII
Regulations

Regulations

43. The Lieutenant Governor in Council may make regulations,

(a) defining any word or expression used in any Part of this Act that is not defined in that Part;

(b) exempting any person or thing from this Act or any provision of this Act, subject to such conditions as may be prescribed by the regulations.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 43.

Amendments to adopted documents

44. (1) If a regulation made under this Act adopts a document by reference and requires compliance with the document, the regulation may adopt the document as it may be amended from time to time.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 44 (1).

When adoption of amendment effective

(2) The adoption of an amendment to a document that has been adopted by reference comes into effect upon the Ministry publishing notice of the amendment in The Ontario Gazette or in the environmental registry established under section 5 of the Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993.  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 44 (2).

Part VIII (omitted)

45. Omitted (provides for amendments to this Act).  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 45.

part IX (omitted)

46. Omitted (provides for coming into force of provisions of this Act).  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 46.

47. Omitted (enacts short title of this Act).  2010, c. 19, Sched. 1, s. 47.

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