A regulation establishing a new water bottling charge.
Bill or Act:
Ontario Water Resources Act
Summary of Decision:
On January 18, 2017, the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change posted a proposal for a regulation to establish a new regulatory charge that would apply to facilities that take groundwater to produce bottled water pursuant to a permit to take water issued under the Ontario Water Resources Act. The charge would help recover the Ontario government's costs of regulating and managing groundwater takings by water bottlers.
A decision has been made to proceed with the regulation. The final regulation is consistent with the proposal to apply a charge of $500 per million litres to the total amount of groundwater taken by a facility for the purpose of producing bottled water, including water that is incorporated into the product, as well as all water used for processing, washing, and the overall operation of the facility.
The charge would help the province recover costs related to regulating and managing groundwater takings by water bottlers, including:
regulating water bottling facilities under the Act, including promoting outreach with, and compliance by, facilities with permits to take water for water bottling;
undertaking scientific research and analysis to advance knowledge of the impacts of water takings for water bottling on groundwater resources in watersheds from which a water bottling facility takes water;
reviewing the regulatory framework that governs ground water takings by water bottling facilities.
For more detailed information of the new regulatory charge, please visit the Environmental Registry: 012-9574
January 18, 2017
Summary of Proposal:
Subsection 75 (1.5) of the Ontario Water Resources Act provides authority for the government to establish charges to recover the costs of provincial activities and programs related to promoting the conservation, protection and management of water in Ontario and its efficient and sustainable use. Under this authority, a regulation is being proposed that would establish a charge to recover costs that the province incurs specifically to gain a better understanding of and to more effectively manage groundwater takings by water bottling facilities. This will help increase public confidence in how groundwater is managed in Ontario.
For more detailed information of the proposed charge, please visit the Environmental Registry: 012-9574
Leo Luong, Manager
Land and Water Policy Branch
40 St. Clair Avenue West
Phone: (416) 314-6383
June 8, 2017