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Source Protection Plans 


The Source Protection Plans, as mandated by the Clean WaterImage of the Cover of the Source Protection Plan Act2006 are the culmination of extensive science-based assessments, consultation, collaboration, and research. The Plan (two plans combined into one document) contain essential policies to ensure that activities that pose significant threats to municipal drinking water sources in the Halton Region Source Protection Area and the Hamilton Region Source Protection Area cease to exist or never become significant. 


The Source Protection Committee developed policies with the aid of municipal personnel and other specialists and through broad consultation with stakeholders and the general public. The policies require implementation by municipalities, conservation authorities, stakeholders or agencies and may affect the use of properties for certain activities.


The Source Protection Plans include general policies that set out timelines and designate land uses and activities in relation to drinking water threat policies, significant threat policies based on prescribed and local threats, and other policies set out to achieve the Plans’ objectives. In addition, monitoring policies, necessary to evaluate the implementation of significant threat policies, are included.

Most importantly, the policies contained in the Source Protection Plans provide the municipalities and residents of Halton Region and Hamilton Region Source Protection Areas with the necessary foundation, information, and agenda to support and carry out the province’s ongoing commitment to protecting our precious drinking water sources.

The Source Protection Plan (Version 3.2) for the Halton Region Source Protection Area and Hamilton Region Source Protection Area was approved by Glen Murray, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, on August 5, 2015. 

Minister Murray noted “Your community is to be commended on the achievement of this important milestone. This is an example of the local, inclusive, community-based approach to protecting source water envisioned by the Clean Water Act.”

The plan can be reviewed and/or downloaded here (6 MB). Although the assessment reports form Appendix A of the Plan they are not included in this download and may be reviewed and/or downloaded on the Assessment Report webpage.

If you require a copy of the plan in another format, please e-mail sourceprotection@hrca.on.ca  or call 905-854-9229.



Section 34 of the Clean Water Act, 2006 allows the source protection authorities to propose updates to the source protection plan when new information is available.  To keep the source protection plan current for decision making, the Halton Region and Hamilton Region Source Protection Authorities are now proposing an update to the Source Protection Plan for the Halton Region and the Hamilton Region Source Protection Areas.  This update stems from the recently completed water quality and quantity studies in Greensville.  The studies were completed to include a new back-up well that the City of Hamilton is proposing to bring online to provide redundancy in water supply.  The mapping of the Greensville wellhead protection areas have changed and the map of where significant threats may occur in Greensville is proposed to be replaced.  The policies that apply within the delineated areas will not change.  The Hamilton Region Assessment Report and Explanatory Document are also proposed to be amended to include the findings of the studies.


The Halton-Hamilton Source Protection Committee seeks your input on the proposed amendments by December 1, 2017.  A marked-up version of the Plan and the revised mapping have been released to make your review easier.  Please provide your feedback through sourceprotection@hrca.on.ca or by contacting Diane Bloomfield, Manager, at 905-854-9229, extension 223.  We also encourage you to attend the Public Information Centre scheduled for November 16 between 4 and 8 p.m. at Christ Church, 92 Highway #8, Flamborough.  

The source protection plan has also been modified to fix some typographical errors, provide some clarity of terms, etc.  A summary of the proposed amendments under Section 34 of the Clean Water Act above and the minor revisions (Section 51 of O.Reg. 287/07) is provided here. Figure 10 has also been revised. 

If you would like to review a printed copy of the report please contact us or visit us at 4052 Milburough Line, R.R. 2, Campbellville.


Explanatory Documents


To support the policies proposed for implementation in the Source Protection Plan, the Source Protection Committee has also prepared the Explanatory Document. This document includes the information considered during policy development, the rationale for the selection of each policy, and a brief summary of the results of the consultation processes. It is suggested that the Explanatory Document be read before the Plan. The Explanatory Document (version 2.4) can be reviewed and/or downloaded here (11 MB).

If you require a copy of the Explanatory Document in another format, please e-mail sourceprotection@hrca.on.ca  or call 905-854-9229.


The Explanatory Document has also been amended for the Section 34 and Section 51 updates.  The proposed edits are tracked in the version of the document located here and are listed in the summary tables. One figure also has changed.


Does a Policy Apply to Your Activities?

If you require assistance to understand the Source Protection Plan and whether policies apply to the activities occuring on your land, or you'd like more information, we'd be pleased to help.

Please contact the Manager, Source Water Protection for the Halton-Hamilton Source Protection Region at sourceprotection@hrca.on.ca

or contact your municipal source water protection staff representative:

  • City of Hamilton - Carmen Vega      Carmen.Vega@hamilton.ca      905.546.2424 ext. 1301
  • Halton Region - Adam Gilmore        Adam.Gilmore@halton.ca         905.825.6000 ext. 7134
  • Township of Puslinch - Kyle Davis    kdavis@centrewellington.ca     519.846.9691 ext. 362
  • Peel Region - Stefan Herceg           Stefan.Herceg@peelregion.ca   905.791.7800 ext. 4489
  • Niagara Region - Jen Croswell        jen.croswell@niagararegion.ca  905.908.6000 ext. 3743



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