On April 3, 2007, the Minister of the Environment introduced draft legislation aimed at strengthening the management, protection and conservation of the Great Lakes and all of Ontario's Water Resources. Bill 198 acts to amend the Ontario Water Resources Act in two fundamental ways
- implementing the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence River Basin Sustainable Water Resources Agreement, which was agreed to on December 13, 2005, and which bans diversions of water out of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin and prohibits new or increased transfers of water from one Great Lakes watershed to another unless strictly regulated criteria are met; and
- authorizing regulations requiring the payment of regulatory charges for commercial and industrial water use, whether or not connected to a municipal system, to be phased in with a maximum fee of $3.71 per one million litres, depending on consumption levels and uses.
Bill 198 can be viewed by clickinghere.