Drainage Act Discussion Paper

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Notice type
Drainage Act, R.S.O. 1990
Posted by
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Notice stage
Proposal posted
Comment period
January 17, 2020 - February 18, 2020 (32 days) Closed
Last updated

This consultation was open from:

January 17, 2020
to February 18, 2020

Proposal summary

OMAFRA is proposing changes to the Drainage Act that would reduce burden, streamline approvals and address stakeholder concerns while maintaining environmental standards.

Proposal details

OMAFRA is proposing changes to the Drainage Act that would:

  • provide the minister with legislative authority to develop and sign off on technical protocols such as the Drainage Act and Conservation Authorities Act Protocol
  • create a new streamlined Drainage Act process for minor improvements
  • enable a simplified process to update the engineer’s report to account for changes to the design made during construction

See attached for the Drainage Act Discussion Paper which outlines the proposed changes.

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The comment period was from January 17, 2020
to February 18, 2020

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