Policy Bulletin

Policy Bulletin 506

Why was the policy changed?

Environment Canada has established new Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations under the Fisheries Act. These are the first national standards for wastewater treatment. These Regulations include mandatory effluent quality standards and requirements for monitoring, record-keeping, and reporting to Environment Canada and/or a designated provincial authority. This revised Internal Services Directive (ISD) has been updated to incorporate the requirements of the new Regulations. In addition, this ISD includes requirements to standardize the operation and management of the Correctional Service of Canada’s (CSC) wastewater collection and wastewater treatment systems.

What has changed?

This ISD defines, more specifically than previously, the responsibilities of institutional, regional and national staff in terms of wastewater treatment system legal obligations.

How was it developed?

The ISD was developed by National Headquarters Environmental Protection Programs Division, in consultation with regional and institutional staff and the Strategic Policy Division.

Accountabilities?

The Environmental Protection Programs Division is responsible for communicating the changes to regional and institutional staff whose responsibilities involve the management of wastewater and wastewater treatment systems at the institutions.

Who will be affected by the policy?

The Environmental Protection Programs Division’s Environmental Engineering Project Officer and regional and institutional staff whose responsibilities involve the operation and management of wastewater collection and wastewater treatment systems at the institutions.

Expected cost?

There will be costs associated with the laboratory analyses of effluent samples and annual calibration or verification of wastewater flow monitoring equipment.

Other impacts?

None.

Contact:

  • Paul Provost
  • Director, Environmental Protection Programs,
    Technical Services and Facilities, NHQ
  • 613-996-7457
  • provostpa@csc-scc.gc.ca

For more information

To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit the Canada Gazette and Consulting with Canadians websites.