January 2, 2018 - Removal of Total Coliform Effluent Standard for Wastewater Treatment Facilities

The Director of the Environmental Approvals Branch issued a letter December 27, 2017 to all Manitoba municipalities advising owners of wastewater treatment facilities that the requirement to analyze for and meet an effluent limit for total coliform is removed as of January 1, 2018. An effluent limit for fecal coliform and/or E. coli must be in place and all other clauses of the Environment Act Licences remain in effect.

2017-12-27 Removal of Total Coliform Effluent Standard for Wastewater Treatment Facilities

Should you have any related question please contact Siobhan Burland Ross at 204-945-7015 or


November 9th 2016 - The Expert Panel will be in Winnipeg on November 16 and 17, 2016 at the Best Western Plus Downtown. - Information Update

The Minister of Environment and Climate Change has announced the establishment of an Expert Panel to conduct a Review of Environmental Assessment Processes.  The Panel intends to engage broadly with Indigenous peoples, key stakeholders and all Canadians.

Visit the Panel’s website at for information on the Expert Panel’s review and mandate, as well as information on the ways in which to participate. 

November 16, 2016:
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.                      Public Presentations to the Panel
6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.                    Public Workshop

November 17, 2016:
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.                      Indigenous Presentations to the Panel
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.                      Indigenous Open Dialogue Session
Want to participate on-line? 
Send your input to

Send a written submission, or fill out a Choicebook.  The Choicebook is an in-depth survey-like tool where participants can learn about the key issues being considered, and then send their views to the Panel.  It’s designed to allow all Canadians to participate, whether they are highly knowledgeable about environmental assessments or learning about them for the first time.

The Panel’s final recommendations provided to the Minister will be informed by the collective knowledge and views expressed during the review process.

Send an email to the Expert Panel.

July 12, 2016 – Notice of Alteration submission and review process update

The Notice of Alteration submission and review process has been updated to improve efficiency.  A new Notice of Alteration Form must be completed and included with the detailed Notice of Alteration report, cover letter and application fee (if applicable).  For further information, please see our Information Bulletin – Alterations to Developments with Environment Act Licences.

January 13, 2016 – Water and Wastewater Facility Operators Certification Program Update

The amendment to the Water and Wastewater Facility Operators Regulation was passed on December 21, 2015. Details on the Certification Program update can be found at
Should you have any related question please contact Donna Garcia at 204-945-7065 or

January 12, 2016 – Permit Application Deadline for Manure Storage Facilities

Manitoba Sustainable Development (SD) has established August 15th as the deadline for submission of permit applications to construct, modify or expand manure storage facilities, effective the 2016 construction season. Details regarding the established deadline are provided in the Livestock Program Newsletter – Winter 2016 posted at: Should you have any related question please contact Bereket Assefa at 204-945-5081 or

August 21, 2015 - Proposed Effluent Monitoring and Reporting Regulation

Manitoba Sustainable Development is consulting with known stakeholders (including Association of Manitoba Municipalities, Manitoba Water and Wastewater Association and others) on a proposed new regulation that will clarify the monitoring and reporting requirements for municipal wastewater effluent from wastewater treatment facilities that discharge to surface water. The proposed regulation will consolidate existing provincial and federal requirements and facilitate the negotiation of an equivalency agreement with Environment Canada toward a one-window regulatory approach to wastewater management.

If you have not already been contacted and would like to participate, please contact Siobhan Burland Ross at 204-945-7015 or Comments received to September 30, 2015 will be considered.


The Water and Wastewater Facility Operator Certification Program is implementing the following changes effective February 2015 to improve service to our clients:
1.    All applicants must register at least two weeks before writing the exam. The exam registration fee of $150 must be received by our office before the exam date. 
2.    The old formula sheet will no longer be provided during exams.
3.    Pencils and eraser will no longer be provided for examinations.
4.    The exam mark/transcript will be provided by email.
5.    To improve communications, a new email address has been created for the program:
6.    Operator ID cards will no longer be issued. Only operator certificates will be issued.

The following changes will be implemented in the near future:
1.    An operator ID number will be assigned to each operator.
2.    Online payment and registration will soon be implemented. Receipts will be issued electronically.
3.    A web based exam schedule will be available soon.
4.    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) available online will continue to be updated regularly. For other FAQ suggestions, please email

July 22, 2014 - ENVIRONMENT ACT CONSULTATION   File: 5711.00

Building on our commitment made in TomorrowNow – Manitoba’s Green Plan, the Province is soliciting input from the public on possible amendments to The Environment Act and potential new protocols for environmental assessments. All Manitobans are invited and encouraged to provide input.

The purpose of undertaking the review is to ensure the Act continues to provide an effective framework for environmental protection and enforcement, and reflects the values and technologies of today’s society. Additionally, the review will provide an opportunity to enhance existing tools such as the public registry system, identify new tools such as cumulative effects assessments, and identify new areas for assessment such as climate change and other resource developments currently not covered by the Act.

To review proposed changes and offer comments and suggestions, please read the Environment Act Consultation: The road to enhancing environmental protection in Manitoba".

The public will have until September 30, 2014 to comment. All comments can be sent to

For more information on TomorrowNow, visit:

May 29, 2014 - Regional Cumulative Effects Assessment -  Hydro Developments on the Churchill, Burntwood and Nelson River Systems    File: 5714.00

Manitoba Sustainable Development and Manitoba Hydro have agreed to undertake a regional cumulative effects assessment (RCEA) to address Recommendation 13.2 of the Clean Environment Commission’s Report on Public Hearing for the Bipole III Project.    This recommendation concerns the conduct of a RCEA for all Manitoba Hydro projects and associated infrastructure in the Nelson River sub-watershed.

Terms of Reference for the assessment are posted on the project webpage, and other material related to the assessment will be posted as it becomes available. 

March 1, 2013 – Public Registry Change in Location

Effective immediately, the Main Public Registry located at the Sustainable Development Library at 123 Main Street in Winnipeg has moved to the Legislative Library at 200 Vaughn Street in Winnipeg.