Consultation on the revised draft of the Water Withdrawal Regulations

Deadline Saturday, April 17th, 2021

The Standing Committee on Natural Resources and Environmental Sustainability considers issues concerning agriculture, fisheries, land, water, forests, wildlife, energy, natural resources, environment, climate change, and issues related to natural resources and the environment.

The Water Act was passed in 2017 and will be in force on June 16, 2021. Regulations to accompany the Act are being developed and the Committee would like to hear your input on the revised consultation draft of the Water Withdrawal Regulations.

If you or your organization would like to share your views, send us your comments by April 17, 2021, to:

  • email:
  • fax: 902-368-5175
  • hand delivery: Office of the Clerk, 197 Richmond Street (Church Street entrance)
  • fill in this feedback form (please type “Water Withdrawal Regulations” in the subject)

Submissions will be published on this page.

Proposed Water Withdrawal Regulations


The Water Withdrawal Regulations will be established under the Water Act to regulate the withdrawal of water from groundwater and watercourses.  Both the original and revised drafts of the regulations are found on this page.  

The plain language summary for the revised draft of the regulations addresses only the changes between the two drafts.  For a full understanding of the regulations, please read the plain language summaries for both drafts.  In addition, the supporting documents include a policy description of how government will determine what agricultural research warrants approval.  The revised draft of these regulations are planned to be approved for implementation on June 16, 2021.

The revised draft of the proposed regulations and plain language documents are available (from a LIST on the government’s webpage, LINK HERE)

2 thoughts on “Consultation on the revised draft of the Water Withdrawal Regulations

  1. Fred Martin

    Thank you Catherine O’Brien and your coalition.I am an avid Dunk River fly Fisher and knew water was being pumped out of the the to dangerously low levels….I did not fish the Dunk at that time,the water levels we’re way too low.The minimum water levels as you say have to be protected,the Dunk River watershed deserves no less.Thank you again,Fred Martin

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