9. Government operations and federal and Aboriginal lands (Part 9)

Part 9 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999) provides the authority to make regulations, guidelines and codes of practice that apply to departments, boards and agencies of the Government of Canada; federal works and undertakings; federal land; Aboriginal land; persons on that land and other persons insofar as their activities involve that land; and Crown corporations.

In 2008-2009, Environment Canada worked with partners and stakeholders to improve wastewater management across Canada, and minimize the risks to human and ecosystem health and fishery resources from wastewater effluents. On February 17, 2009, the Canada-wide Strategy for the Management of Municipal Wastewater Effluent was endorsed by the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment. The strategy sets out a harmonized framework to manage discharges from more than 3500 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, and performance standards to increase protection for human health and the environment on a national basis.

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