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Source Water Protection

Timelines

May 2000 – Walkerton tragedy

Early 2002 – Walkerton Inquiry Reports released

2002 – Ontario passes two laws: The Safe Drinking Water Act and the Sustainable Water and Sewage Systems Act

November 2002 – Appointment of Advisory Committee on Watershed-Based Source Protection

November 2003 – Two Advisory Committees named: Technical Experts Committee and Implementation Committee

January 2004 – Provincial White Paper on Source Water Protection

June 2004 – Draft Drinking Water Source Protection Act released for public comment

December 2004 – Technical Experts Committee and Implementation Committee Reports submitted

December 2005 – Clean Water Act (CWA) introduced with first reading

November 2006 – CWA passed

July 2007 – First CWA regulations passed

August 2007 – Minister of Environment appoints the 19 Source Protection Committee Chairs

November 2007 – Source Protection Committees appointed across the province

December 17, 2007 – First South Georgian Bay Lake Simcoe Source Protection Committee meeting

May/June 2008 – Public Consultation on Terms of Reference (describing who does what)

November 2008 – Terms of Reference completed

June 29, 2009 – Terms of Reference Approved (triggering deadline for the assessment reports)

September 2 to October 8, 2010 – First Consultation on Proposed Assessment Reports

October 22 to November 22, 2010 – Second Consultation on Proposed Assessment Reports

December 17, 2010 – Submission of Proposed Assessment Reports to Minister of the Environment

May 11, 2011 – Commencement of Source Protection Planning announced

June 22, 2011 – Rama First Nation Open House

November 2011 – Municipal Pre-consultation on Source Protection Plan

January 19, 2012 – Proposed Assessment Reports approved by the MOE

March 26 to May 25, 2012– First Formal Consultation on Draft Proposed Source Protection Plan

April 16, 19, 21, 24, 2012 – Public Open Houses (Midland, Newmarket, Barrie, Orillia)

August 27 to October 5, 2012 – Second Formal Consultation on Draft Proposed Source Protection Plan

October 22, 2012 – Proposed Source Protection Plan submitted to the Minister of the Environment

February 21, 2014 – Rama First Nation formally included in Source Protection Plan

March 11 to April 9, 2014 – Pre–consultation on Revised Proposed Source Protection Plan and 2014 Updated Assessment Reports

April 24 to May 23, 2014 – Formal consultation on Revised Proposed Source Protection Plan and 2014 Updated Assessment Reports

July 3, 2014 – Revised Proposed Source Protection Plan and 2014 Updated Assessment Reports submitted to the Minister of the Environment

2014 ++ – SWP plans to be implemented - primarily through municipal official plans, but province and others also subject to the plans