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Proposed Amendments to the Environmental Protection Act and the Ontario Water Resources Act

February-1-2005

Lawyer Catherine Lyons
Area Environmental Law

Summary


The Province of Ontario has introduced Bill 133 which will amend the Environmental Protection Act and the Ontario Water Resources Act.  The most significant provisions of the Bill:

  • remove the due diligence defence currently available to corporations, officers and directors in certain circumstances; and
  • expand the potential liability of directors and officers.

The amendments will primarily apply to:

  • specific "business activities" to be prescribed in a yet unavailable regulation; and
  • business activities which operate under a Certificate of Approval or other licence or permit.

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