Earlier this year, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) made regulatory changes aimed at streamlining the Permit To Take Water (PTTW) process for road construction and construction site dewatering. Rather than making a full PTTW application to the Ministry, water taking for both activities can now be approved through the online Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR).
Under the purview of the MOECC, EASR is a public, web-based system designed to regulate and approve activities that pose little risk to the environment and human health, as well as sites where industry-standard equipment and processes being used have known environmental impacts.
Criteria for the two construction activities pulled into the EASR framework by the March 2016 MOECC regulatory change are outlined by the Ministry as:
Existing PTTWs can continue to operate until they expire, after which applicants must consider the EASR process.
For more information about the EASR, please visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/environmental-activity-and-sector-registry.