Summary of the Functions of the Source Protection Committee

  • The CTC Source Protection Committee was created according to Ontario Regulation 288/07 under the Clean Water Act. The Committee, as set out in the Regulation, is comprised of 24 members (plus the Chair): 7 municipal representatives; 7 economic / industrial sector representatives (agricultural, petrochemical, etc.); and 7 other representatives (e.g., public, environmental, etc.);
  • The SPC brings together the key stakeholders in each watershed. There will be strong municipal representation on the Committee which will also include representatives from agriculture, industry and a range of other stakeholders within the source protection areas;
  • The CTC source protection committee developed three pieces of documentation that completed the initial source protection planning process: (1) a terms of reference, (2) an assessment report, and (3) a source protection plan;
  • The SPC is responsible for ensuring that stakeholders and the public in the watershed(s) are consulted. Source protection plans are locally developed, delivered, and updated using a science-based approach to protecting municipal drinking water supplies;
  • Through the CTC SPC, municipalities will continue to identify, assess and address risks to drinking water within their municipal wellhead and intake protection areas. Stakeholders such as local property owners can also participate through working groups, supporting and consulting on the work of the source protection committee;
  • The SPC determined the initial actions (e.g. policies) required to address threats to municipal sources of drinking water. This process will continue to be refined and continue to include broad consultation with municipalities, conservation authorities, property owners, farmers, industry, businesses, community groups, public health officials, and the public to develop workable, effective solutions;
  • Significant risks to municipal water supply wells or intakes will require action. The CTC Source Protection Plan sets out policies so that significant drinking water threats will cease to be / do not become a significant drinking water threats, identify who is responsible for taking action, timelines for these efforts, and how progress will be measured;
  • Generally, source protection plans are being implemented through existing regulatory requirements or approvals, zoning by-laws, official plan amendments, education or voluntary initiatives;
  • Plans include monitoring and reporting to measure the effectiveness of the actions taken to protect drinking water sources and ensure they are protected in the future. The SPC is responsible for monitoring the implementation progress;
  • The CTC Source Protection Plan came into effect December 1, 2015, with implementation well under way;
  • The CTC Source Protection Plan will be subject to section 34 amendments initiated by the source protection authority, section 35 amendments initiated by the Minister, and a section 36 review of the source protection plans at a date to be specified.


Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for membership on the CTC Source Protection Committee individuals must:

  • Reside in, own, or rent property within the CTC Source Protection Region; or
  • Be employed or operate a business within the CTC Source Protection Region; or
  • Be employed by a Municipality that is in the CTC Source Protection Region; and
  • Not be a member or employee of a Conservation Authority within the CTC Source Protection Region.

Qualifications

Demonstrated understanding of:

  • Sector being represented;
  • Terms and concepts associated with environmental management; and
  • Local watersheds, communities, and issues;
  • Proven ability to act as a liaison for the sector being represented;
  • An openness to working cooperatively with representatives from other sectors;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with group dynamics;
  • Commitment to mutual respect for others and for their views and interests;
  • Demonstrated problem-solving, decision-making, and communication skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to weigh different points of view;
  • Demonstrated interest in seeking solutions;
  • Has contacts within the sector being represented; and
  • Willingness and ability to travel throughout the Source Protection Region.

Obligations of SPC members

  • Contribute positively to updates to the Assessment Reports and CTC Source Protection Plan for the CTC Source Protection Region;
  • Review reports and materials (including scientific and technical reports) in advance of meetings;
  • Provide constructive, collaborative and science-based input on local source protection planning issues;
  • Act as a liaison between the sector represented and the Committee;
  • Work collaboratively with other Committee members and stakeholder groups;
  • Make decisions at the committee table;
  • Regularly attend meetings of the CTC Source Protection Committee (and applicable working groups) throughout the duration of the appointment;
  • Attend and participate in public meetings, information sessions and forums;
  • Attend training sessions;
  • Participate, at the request of the Chair, in province-wide committees as a representative of the Committee;
  • Respect confidential information and abide by the process in place to safeguard confidential information; and
  • Comply with the Code of Conduct and Rules of Procedure established by the Committee

Term and Time Commitment

Applicants should be prepared to make a 5 year commitment to participate on the CTC Source Protection Committee. Committee meetings are generally three to four times per year. Dates, location and frequency of the meetings are determined by the Committee. In addition to the Committee meetings, the Committee members will be expected to attend training sessions and occasional public meetings and working group meetings, if established for the sector being represented. Committee members should also expect that they may occasionally need to travel across the Region to attend meetings.

Compensation

Members will be paid a $200 per diem for attending meetings. Travel costs for use of your personal vehicle will be reimbursed at the rates set by the Toronto and Region Conservation as amended from time to time.

Information that must be submitted to the Source Protection Authority by Applicants

  • A brief description of your interest in and qualifications for the vacant sector seat;
  • Your knowledge of the CTC Source Protection Region watersheds and communities and related drinking water issues;
  • A summary of your knowledge and expertise (including communication skills, and work, volunteer, committee and community experience).

Questions

Please direct all questions about the CTC Source Protection Committee, the application process, and responsibilities of appointees to:

Cindy Barr
Program Assistant, CTC Source Protection Region
email: cbarr@trca.on.ca
Phone: 416-661-6600 Ext. 5569