Permit To Take Water

Coordinate system: 4269 - "NAD83"


The Permit to Take Water Database contains information collected from the Ministry of Environment's Permit to Take Water Program. Under this program the Ministry issues permits for water takings that exceed 50,000 Litres a day in accordance with the Ontario Water Resource Act.

Companies or organizations who take over 50,000 litres of water/day from a lake, river, stream or groundwater source, must obtain a Permit to Take Water from the Ministry of the Environment –with a few exceptions. Permit holders are legally required to record how much water they take each day.

Data includes:

  • purpose
  • location
  • water source (e.g., ground or surface)
  • maximum amount allowed per day
  • permit number
  • expiry date of the permit

Please note that this data set contains an outlier. Use caution when interpreting data and results.

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