Source Water Protection and Policy Transfer: Using Lessons Learned from Ontario for a Newfoundland and Labrador Context

Lay Summary 

In Newfoundland and Labrador (NL), concerns have been raised about implementation of source water protection measures, including limited watershed planning and monitoring of water supplies that contribute to drinking water systems. Research suggests that many of these issues are linked to a lack of human, technical and financial capacity at the local level. In Ontario, the Clean Water Act (2006) was created specifically to build capacity in local areas so that they could better protect their drinking water. Source water protection under Ontario's Act is designed to be an integrated, science-based approach, using multi-level governance structures to create Source Protection Plans on a watershed basis. Further research is needed into whether or not Ontario's source water protection strategies have in fact been successfully implemented while building capacity in areas that were lacking. As a relatively new process, research is needed to examine if and how Ontario source water protection measures could potentially be transferred to other areas in Canada that suffer from capacity-related constraints in drinking water management. The proposed research will explore the successes and challenges with source water protection planning and implementation in Ontario, paying particular attention to the outcomes for capacity building and transferable lessons for NL.

This research is affiliated with the Exploring Solutions for Sustainable Rural Drinking Water Systems research project. For more information on this research please see:

Environmental Policy Institute
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Mitacs Accelerate Internship
The Harris Centre - The Student Research Fund
Newfoundland and Labrador
Environment and Conservation
Water quality
Water Resources
Industry Sectors 
Water, Sewage and Other Systems