Permit Categories

  • Agricultural
  • Commercial
  • Construction
  • Dewatering
  • Dewatering Construction
  • Industrial
  • Institutional
  • Miscellaneous
  • Recreational
  • Remediation
  • Water Supply

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Permits to take water in Ontario

Water takings in Ontario are governed by the Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA) and the Water Taking Regulation (O. Reg. 387/04), a regulation under the Act.

Section 34 of the OWRA requires anyone taking more than a total of 50,000 litres of water day — with some exceptions — to obtain a Permit.

For reference, 50,000 litres will fill your average in-ground swimming pool.

Permits around the province are granted for things like bottled water production, agriculture, and conservation.