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Canada Water Act R.S.C., 1985, c. C-11



The Canada Water Act R.S.C., 1985, c. C-11 is a federal statute in Canada that regulates the management and conservation of water resources across the country. Under the Act, businesses have a number of obligations to protect and preserve water resources. One of the primary obligations of businesses under the Canada Water Act is to obtain permits for any activities that could potentially impact water quality or quantity. This includes activities such as discharging pollutants into water bodies, constructing dams or other water control works, and withdrawing water from surface or groundwater sources. Businesses must also comply with water quality standards and guidelines established by the federal government, and must report any incidents or spills that could affect water quality to the appropriate authorities. They are also required to monitor and report on their water use and discharge activities, and to develop and implement water conservation and efficiency plans. In addition to these regulatory obligations, businesses are encouraged to adopt best practices and technologies for water management and conservation, such as implementing water-efficient technologies, recycling and reusing water where possible, and engaging in watershed protection and restoration activities.






North America

Issuer (type)

Department of Environment and Climate Change (Government)

Instrument type


Disclosure instrument


Geographical scope


Mandatory or voluntary


Text analysis

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    • E focus: degradation, environment, pollution, waste, water, water quality, conservation
    • S focus: compensation
    • Administrative services, Finance, Management