Consultations on wastewater

Current consultations

From June 27, 2020 to December 31, 2022, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) is consulting on its proposal to amend the Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations on transitional and temporary authorizations.

Transitional authorizations: ECCC is proposing to allow eligible communities another opportunity to receive an extension to comply with the Regulations. The rules to qualify for this extension, and the deadline to upgrade or build a new wastewater treatment facility would remain the same.

Expansion of existing temporary bypass authorization: ECCC is proposing to expand the existing temporary bypass authorizations to include planned releases of wastewater from sewer systems. This approach is considered to improve transparency and lead to the least possible impact on the environment.

More information on proposed amendments can be found in this Notice of Intent or our Consulting with Canadians webpage.

How to participate

discussion document outlining the regulatory proposal is available online for a 90-day public comment period. We invite you to review this document and share any feedback and perspectives by March 5, 2022.

ECCC will be hosting virtual public information sessions to discuss the proposed amendments, answer questions and receive feedback. To register please sign up using the link below.

ECCC has developed a feedback form to facilitate comments.  Comments can also be submitted via email or mail to the address below.

Suggestions and ideas collected during the consultation phase will inform the proposed regulations.

To learn how we will protect your privacy during this consultation, read our privacy statement.

Public Information Sessions

These are the proposed dates for general sessions – we will also offer sessions for Indigenous organizations/communities and stakeholders.

Language Date Time (EST) Type of Session Format Link
English January 12, 2022  1:30pm-3:00pm General Information Session Microsoft Teams Sign up here
English January 25, 2022  1:30pm-3:00pm General Information Session Microsoft Teams Sign up here
French February 10, 2022 1:30pm-3:00pm General Information Session Microsoft Teams Sign up here
English March 1, 2022 1:30am-3:00pm General Information Session Microsoft Teams Sign up here

If you are not able to access the link or cannot attend a session on Microsoft Teams, please contact to register. 

Videos of previous ECCC presentations on proposed amendments

(For copy of the presentation, please contact us)

Contact us

Wastewater Section

Forest Products and Fisheries Act Division
Environment and Climate Change Canada
351 St. Joseph Boulevard, 19th floor
Gatineau QC, K1A 0H3

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