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First Session, Forty-third Parliament,
68-69 Elizabeth II, 2019-2020
HOUSE OF COMMONS OF CANADA
BILL C-245
An Act respecting the development of a national strategy in relation to fresh water
FIRST READING, July 21, 2020
Ms. Mathyssen
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SUMMARY

This enactment provides for the development of a national strategy in relation to fresh water.
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1st Session, 43rd Parliament,
68-69 Elizabeth II, 2019-2020
HOUSE OF COMMONS OF CANADA
BILL C-245
An Act respecting the development of a national strategy in relation to fresh water
Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:

Short Title

Short title
1This Act may be cited as the National Fresh­water Strategy Act.

National Freshwater Strategy

National strategy
2The Minister of the Environment must, in consultation with representatives of provincial and municipal governments, Indigenous groups, freshwater and climate scientists and researchers, and representatives of civil society organizations, including environmental groups, develop a national strategy for the conservation, protection and use of fresh water, including in relation to
(a)drinking water standards and their implementation;
(b)the consideration of freshwater issues in inter­national agreements;
(c)the evaluation of water and wastewater infrastructure in Canada in light of climate change;
(d)the reduction of eutrophication in Canada’s freshwater lakes;
(e)the protection of freshwater biodiversity and ecosystems; and
(f)the identification and resolution of knowledge gaps in relation to groundwater.
Conference
3For the purpose of developing the strategy, the Minister of the Environment must hold at least one conference with the persons and groups referred to in section 2.
Report to Parliament
4(1)Within two years after the day on which this Act receives royal assent, the Minister of the Environment must prepare a report setting out the national strategy and cause it to be tabled in each House of Parliament on any of the first 15 days on which that House is sitting after it is completed.
Publication of report
(2)The Minister must post the report on the website of the Department of the Environment within 10 days after it is tabled in both Houses of Parliament.

Review and Report

Review
5(1)Within five years after the tabling of the report referred to in section 4, a comprehensive review of the strategy must be undertaken by any committee of the Senate, of the House of Commons or of both Houses of Parliament that may be designated or established for that purpose by the Senate, the House of Commons or both Houses of Parliament, as the case may be.
Report
(2)The committee must, within a year after a review is undertaken under subsection (1) or within any further time authorized by the Senate, the House of Commons or both Houses of Parliament, as the case may be, submit a report on the review to Parliament, including a statement of any changes that the committee recommends.
Published under authority of the Speaker of the House of Commons

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