Consultation on Manitoba's New Water Rights Regulation

Manitoba Sustainable Development is consulting on a proposed Water Rights Regulation to support a new streamlined approach to drainage and water retention approvals and a no net loss of wetland benefits approach (see news release).  Legislative changes to The Water Rights Act passed in June 2018 under  The Sustainable Watersheds Act allow certain types of routine works to be registered with the department and provide enhanced wetland protection through a new requirement to compensate for wetland drainage.

The proposed regulation will support economically and environmentally sound decision making around surface water management in our province by removing unnecessary red-tape for lower risk-lower impact projects and focusing detailed reviews on higher risk higher impact projects.

We invite you to review the following materials:

We want to hear from you. Please send us your thoughts and suggestions to help refine Manitoba’s proposed Water Rights Regulation.

Written comments can be provided by:

Email to with the subject line “Drainage Consultation’

Mail written submissions:

Attention:  Drainage Consultation
Box 16, 200 Saulteaux Crescent
Winnipeg, MB  R3J 3W3

The deadline to provide feedback is January 19, 2019.

Consultation on the proposed Water Rights Regulation builds upon the discussion paper released in August 2017.

Watershed-Based Drainage and Water Resource Management

Watershed-Based Drainage and Water Resource Management- a streamlined and more balanced watershed-based approach to drainage and water control works licensing that reduces red tape, protects wetlands and watershed retention capacity and enhances drainage inspection, consistency and enforcement tools

What We Heard - Watershed-Based Drainage and Water Resource Management

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