Canada Ontario Great Lakes Agreement

Comments or questions regarding the proposed project must be submitted to the Great Lakes National Program Office, Environment and Climate Change Canada at ec.grandslacs-greatlakes.ec@canada.ca or by mail at the address below, by September 4, 2019. and considering that the parties reaffirm their determination to cooperate in the implementation of the Canada-U.S. Water Quality Agreement and to promote the environmental objectives of Ontario`s Great Lakes Strategy in a manner consistent with the vision and purpose of the agreement; This would be the ninth agreement between the two levels of government and aims to promote measures to address key Great Lakes challenges, such as improving wastewater and stormwater management and reducing pollution, including a new focus on road salt and plastic pollution. Canada and Ontario recognize that a new Canada-Ontario agreement may not be concluded and will enter into force before 2020. If a new Canada-Ontario agreement is not yet in place, when the current agreement expires, our great lakes cooperation can continue as we work to finalize the new Canada-Ontario agreement. Today, the governments of Canada and Ontario released a new draft agreement between Canada and Ontario on water quality and Great Lakes health to coordinate water quality protection measures in our Great Lakes. To support the development of this new agreement, Canada and Ontario are seeking public input. The draft agreement may be the subject of a public comment between July 5 and September 4. A final agreement is expected in 2020. Canada and Ontario have negotiated a project for 2020 COA. The draft agreement contains commitments on the following priorities: This agreement will come into effect on December 18, 2014 The Canada-Ontario Great Lakes Water Quality and Health Agreement is the federal-provincial agreement that supports the restoration and protection of the Great Lakes watershed ecosystem.

The agreement outlines how the governments of Canada and Ontario will work together and coordinate their efforts to restore, protect and preserve the Great Lakes watershed ecosystem. This is the way in which Canadian federal departments interact with Ontario`s provincial departments to meet Canada`s obligations under the Great Lakes Canada Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA). The COA is an agreement between Ontario departments and federal departments to “restore, protect and preserve Great Lakes water quality and ecosystem health” (COA, Article II). and whereas, since 1971, the parties have collaborated through a series of agreements between Canada and Ontario that have guided their efforts to improve water quality and lake ecosystem health and helped fulfill Canada`s obligations under the Canada-United Lakes Water Quality Agreement; We want to conclude a new canada-Ontario agreement to restore, protect and preserve water quality and the health of Great Lakes ecosystems. and that the parties recognize that Canada is responsible for implementing its binational obligations in the Canada-U.S. water quality agreement and that Ontario is prepared to support Canada in the manner under this agreement; and recognizing the need to restore, protect and preserve coastal areas, in addition to seawater, as they are the main source of drinking water for communities where the greatest human trade and recreation takes place and where critical ecological links between the watersheds and open waters of the Great Lakes are located; and that the parties recognize the strong link between Great Lakes water quality and human health and the positive effects of the use and consumption of large, healthy lakes on individuals and communities; and recognizing that the vast majority of canada`s public rainwater and wastewater infrastructure is owned, operated and maintained by provinces and regions.