Notice of the draft Regualtion was published in the Gazette Officielle Du Québec, November 5, 2008. The draft Regulation deals with the mandatory declaration of water withdrawals pursuant to Section 124 of the Environmental Quality Act.

The draft Regulation requires the main water withdrawers in Quebec such as industries, business, institutions that are not supplied by water supply works in municipalities to send to the Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks a declaration on their withdrawal activities. Specifically they are required to identify the number of withdrawal sites that are operated, and the specific location of the nature of withdrawals. Those subject to the regulation will be required to measure volume of withdrawals. The purpose of the Regulation is to seek to achieve more responsible water use through withdrawal accountability mechanisms.

For further information please see: Gazette Officelle du Quebec, November 5, 2008, Vol. 140, No. 45, page 5079.