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May 2017 / mai 2017

Ontario makes minor changes to Lakes and Rivers Improvement Act

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CDA has been advised that the following minor and administrative amendments have been made to the Ontario Lakes and Rivers Improvement Act as a result of the Burden Reduction Act, 2017:
Clause 14 (3) (a)
Removes unnecessary administrative requirement for industry to submit "three copies" of plans and specifications for dams when seeking Lakes and Rivers Improvement Act approval. Industry will still be required to submit detailed plans and specifications for proposed dams, of a number required by the Minister, not to exceed three copies.

Subsection 5(2)
Corrects the name of the Arbitration Act, 1991

Clause 23.1 (1) (a) – French Version 
Corrects French translation error with the addition of "ou proposés" to the end of the clause 

These changes were made in an effort to provide flexibility for the Minister to require a lower number of plans and specifications copies, where appropriate.

Should you have any questions regarding these amendments to the Lakes and Rivers Improvement Act, please contact Josh Annett, Senior Policy Advisor, Crown Lands Section either by phone at (705) 755-1224 or by email at


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