Extending the moratorium on water bottling permits
Ontario Regulation 463/16
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Ontario Water Resources Act, R.S.O. 1990
Summary of Decision:
On October 30, 2018, we posted a proposal to amend the Taking Ground Water To Produce Bottled Water Regulation (Ontario Regulation 463/16) to extend the moratorium for one year, to January 1, 2020, prohibiting:
• new permits to take water that would authorize water bottling facilities to take groundwater
• existing water bottling facilities taking more groundwater than authorized in their existing permits
• new or amended permits that would allow a facility to take groundwater to conduct pumping tests to determine if it could use the groundwater supply as a source of water for bottled water
This extension gives us time to further advance the ministry's understanding of the water resources in the province, with a particular focus on groundwater takings by water bottling facilities.
We have made a decision to proceed with the extension of the moratorium to January 1, 2020, consistent with the proposal. Accordingly, Ontario Regulation 463/16 has been amended to change the date the regulation will be revoked from January 1, 2019 to January 1, 2020.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
The regulation will not result in new administrative costs for business.
October 30, 2018
Summary of Proposal:
We are proposing to extend the current moratorium on new or increasing permits to take groundwater to produce bottled water. This would extend the moratorium for up to one year, to January 1, 2020.
December 21, 2018