Canada Ontario Agreement

Canada and Ontario recognize that a new Canada-Ontario agreement may not be concluded and will enter into force before 2020. If a new Canada-Ontario agreement is not yet in place, when the current agreement expires, our great lakes cooperation can continue as we work to finalize the new Canada-Ontario agreement. The COA is an agreement between Ontario departments and federal departments to “restore, protect and preserve Great Lakes water quality and ecosystem health” (COA, Article II). We want to conclude a new canada-Ontario agreement to restore, protect and preserve water quality and the health of Great Lakes ecosystems. Canada and Ontario have negotiated a project for 2020 COA. The draft agreement contains commitments on the following priorities: the Canada-Ontario agreement on water quality and the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem is the federal-federal agreement that supports the restoration and protection of the Great Lakes watershed ecosystem. The agreement outlines how the governments of Canada and Ontario will work together and coordinate their efforts to restore, protect and preserve the Great Lakes watershed ecosystem. This is the way in which Canadian federal departments interact with Ontario`s provincial departments to meet Canada`s obligations under the Great Lakes Canada Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA). This would be the ninth agreement between the two levels of government and aims to promote measures to address key Great Lakes challenges, such as improving wastewater and stormwater management and reducing pollution, including a new focus on road salt and plastic pollution. Comments or questions regarding the proposed project must be submitted to the Great Lakes National Program Office, Environment and Climate Change Canada at ec.grandslacs-greatlakes.ec@canada.ca or by mail at the address below, by September 4, 2019. Today, the governments of Canada and Ontario released a new draft agreement between Canada and Ontario on water quality and Great Lakes health to coordinate water quality protection measures in our Great Lakes. To support the development of this new agreement, Canada and Ontario are seeking public input. The draft agreement may be the subject of a public comment between July 5 and September 4.

A final agreement is expected in 2020. The ACC presents a five-year work plan on how Canada and Ontario will work together to restore and protect the Great Lakes. It also describes how they will implement the provisions of the Canada-U.S. water quality agreement. COA 2014 expires in December 2019. The new draft agreement aims to promote measures to address key Great Lakes challenges, such as controlling harmful and troublesome algae in the Erie Sea and cleaning up areas of great health. It also includes measures to improve wastewater and stormwater management and reduce environmental pollution, including a new focus on road salt and plastic pollution, as well as ongoing issues such as invasive species and resilience to climate change. The new draft agreement will also take the next steps to improve engagement with First Nations and Métis communities and will place a new emphasis on fish consumption.

The current Canada-Ontario agreement contains separate annexes on science and innovation. Canada and Ontario recognize the important role of science and innovation in supporting the protection and recovery of the Great Lakes. In the proposed new Canada-Ontario agreement, Canada and Ontario proposed to eliminate science and innovation as separate annexes and to incorporate science and innovation obligations, whenever applicable, during the proposed new Canada-Ontario agreement. Canada and Ontario have been working together for a long time to improve conditions in the Great Lakes. Since 1971, federal and provincial authorities have

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