Clean Water Act, 2006, S.O. 2006, c. 22, ss. 7(4) (opens a new window)
O. Reg. 288/07 (opens a new window)
The Clean Water Act, 2006 includes provisions for the establishment of source protection committees, which are responsible for leading source protection planning in watersheds across the province. As set out in O. Reg. 288/07, a source protection committee is to be made up of representatives from watershed stakeholder groups (such as municipal, agriculture, landowners, industry, environmental non-government organizations) and members of the public at large and would work together with municipalities, conservation authorities, and provincial agencies. The regulation also provides an opportunity for up to three members to be appointed to represent the interests of First Nations communities within the watershed. Under the Act, each source protection committee led the preparation of three documents: (1) a terms of reference, (2) an assessment report, and (3) a source protection plan. These were prepared by the committees following the Act, its regulations, Director's rules (in respect of assessment reports), and guidance material created by the Ministry, while working collaboratively with municipalities and source protection authorities.
The Minister appoints one chair for each committee as set out in ss. 7(4) of the Clean Water Act, 2006, after considering any recommendations from the source protection authority (or from the lead source protection authority if the committee is established for a region).
There is no limitation in legislation.
Since the submission of the proposed terms of reference for each committee, meeting schedules have been determined by the chair in consultation with the source protection authority and occur on an as-needed basis.
Appointees are remunerated according to Schedule A, Level 2 of the Agencies and Appointments Directive.