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March 1, 2013 – Public Registry Change in Location

Effective immediately, the Main Public Registry located at the Conservation and Water Stewardship Library at 123 Main Street in Winnipeg has moved to the Legislative Library at 200 Vaughn Street in Winnipeg. 

December 18, 2012 – Environment Canada’s Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulation.

The Canada-wide Strategy for the Management of Municipal Wastewater Effluent was endorsed by the Council of Ministers on February 17, 2009.

The strategy sets out a harmonized framework to manage discharges from more than 3,500 wastewater facilities in Canada, many of which are currently in need of repair and upgrading. Bilateral agreements between the federal government and provinces and territories will ensure one-window regulatory delivery of the strategy.

On July 18, 2012, Environment Canada published the Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulation under The Fisheries Act. The Regulation applies to any wastewater system that discharges wastewater effluent into water frequented by fish and that is designed to collect or actually collects an average daily volume of 100 m3 or more. Manitoba is currently in discussions with Canada; in the interim, Environment Canada will administer the Regulation.

TIMELINES  
January 1, 2013  - Effluent monitoring and combined sewer overflow recording begins
May 15, 2013 - Deadline to submit identification reports to Environment Canada
May 15, 2013 - Deadline to submit quarterly reports for facilities >17, 500 m3

The Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulation: http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p2/2012/2012-07-18/html/sor-dors139-eng.html

Additional information is available from Environment Canada: http://www.ec.gc.ca/eu-ww

For information specific to Manitoba, please contact:

Siobhan Burland Ross,
Manager, Mines and Wastewater,
Environmental Approvals
(204)945-7015
siobhan.burlandross@gov.mb.ca

December 19, 2011 - Water Quality Standards, Objectives and Guidelines Regulation under The Water Protection Act. Water Quality Standards, Objectives and Guidelines are one of many tools used to protect, maintain and, where necessary, rehabilitate water quality. The Manitoba Water Quality Standards, Objectives and Guidelines were updated in July 2011. The Manitoba Water Quality Standards, Objectives and Guidelines were recently enshrined in a regulation under Part Two of The Water Protection Act. The regulation was registered on November 28th, 2011.

August 23, 2010 - Advertisement - Notice of Proposed Amendments to The Incinerators Regulation and The Classes of Development Regulation under The Environment Act
August 23, 2010 - Thermal Treatment Systems Regulation Amendment (English)
August 23, 2010 - Thermal Treatment Systems Regulation Amendment (French)
August 23, 2010 - Classes of Development Regulation Amendment (English)
August 23, 2010 - Classes of Development Regulation Amendment (French)

August 18, 2010 - Information regarding the City of Winnipeg's Pesticide Use Permit Amendment Application

Notice of Proposed Amendments to The Environment Act Fees Regulation under The Environment Act

Manitoba Conservation is proposing amendments to The Environment Act Fees Regulation which will increase fees for the submission of applications for Environment Act Licences and Pesticide Use Permits.  The addition of a new fee for the submission of Notices of Alteration is also proposed.

The proposed amendments to The Environment Act Fees Regulation are as follows:

Provisions of The Environment Act or Regulation Service, licence or permit Time of payment Amount of fee and payee (if other than Minister of Finance)
Pesticides Regulation sections 3, 6 and 7 Pesticide Use Permit Upon application for permit $250. $500
The Environment Act section 10 Licence to construct, alter, operate or set into operation a Class 1 development Upon application for licence $500. $1000
The Environment Act section 11 Licence to construct, alter, operate or set into operation a Class 2 development Upon application for licence $5,000. $7,500
The Environment Act section 12 Licence to construct, alter, operate or set into operation a Class 3 development of the Transportation and Transmission category set out in section 4 of the Classes of Development Regulation Upon application for licence $5,000. $10,000
The Environment Act section 12 Licence to construct, alter, operate or set into operation a Class 3 development of the Water Development category set out in section 4 of the Classes of Development Regulation Upon application for licence $50,000. $75,000
The Environment Act section 12 Licence to construct, alter, operate or set into operation a Class 3 development of the Energy Production category or Mining category set out in section 4 of the Classes of Development Regulation Upon application for licence $100,000. $120,000
The Environment Act section 14 Review of proposed alteration to proposed or Licensed development Upon application for alteration $500
(new fee)

Anyone who wishes to make a representation either for or against the proposed amendments should contact the Department, in writing or by E-mail (Jennifer.Winsor@gov.mb.ca), not later than April 14, 2010.  Further information is available by contacting Jennifer Winsor, Environmental Engineer at (204) 945-7012.


November 3, 2009 - Water and Wastewater Facility Operators Guidelines for Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Evaluation and a partial list of courses that have been approved by the Certification Program. List to be updated regularly.

November 3, 2009 - The Canada-wide Strategy for the Management of Municipal Wastewater Effluent was endorsed by the Council of Ministers on February 17, 2009.

The strategy sets out a harmonized framework to manage discharges from more than 3,500 wastewater facilities in Canada, many of which are currently in need of repair and upgrading.  It provides an agreed-upon path forward for achieving regulatory clarity for owners of municipal wastewater facilities.  Performance standards will increase protection for human health and the environment on a national basis. Bilateral agreements between the federal government and provinces and territories will ensure one-window regulatory delivery of the strategy.
Canada-wide Strategy for the Management of Municipal Wastewater Effluent

November 2, 2009 - For information on Manitoba Water Stewardship Water Licensing Projects please see Water Power Licensing.

May 6, 2009 - Environment Act Amendments

March 19, 2009 - Building Canada Fund

Any Manitoba project submitted to the Building Canada Fund, or any funding program, will continue to be subject to Manitoba's environmental assessment and licensing process, if considered to be a Development under the Classes of Development Regulation.

For more information on the federal environmental assessment process with regards to the Building Canada Fund, see the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency's Backgrounder.

For more information on Manitoba's environmental assessment and licensing process, see Publications and Forms.

December 30, 2008 - Updated forms and guidelines