Learn more about the December 2014 COA press release. (pdf, 3 pages) Comments or questions regarding the proposed project must be submitted to the Great Lakes National Program Office, Environment and Climate Change Canada at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to the following address by September 4, 2019. and whereas, since 1971, the parties have collaborated through a series of agreements between Canada and Ontario that have guided their efforts to improve water quality and lake ecosystem health and helped fulfill Canada`s obligations under the Canada-United Lakes Water Quality Agreement; The Canada-Ontario Agreement on Great Lakes Water Quality and Ecosystem Health is the federal-federal agreement that supports the restoration and protection of the Great Lakes watershed ecosystem. The agreement outlines how the governments of Canada and Ontario will work together and coordinate their efforts to restore, protect and preserve the Great Lakes watershed ecosystem. This is the way in which Canadian federal departments interact with Ontario`s provincial departments to meet Canada`s obligations under the Great Lakes Canada Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA). The ACC presents a five-year work plan on how Canada and Ontario will work together to restore and protect the Great Lakes. It also describes how they will implement the provisions of the Canada-U.S. water quality agreement. COA 2014 expires in December 2019. and that the parties recognize that Canada is responsible for implementing its binational obligations in the Canada-U.S. water quality agreement and that Ontario is prepared to support Canada in the manner under this agreement; Canada and Ontario have negotiated a project for 2020 COA. The draft agreement contains commitments on the following priorities: you can access the COA`s statement on the Environmental Bill, which contains highlights/summaries, or read the full text of the Canada-Ontario Lakes Quality and Environmental Health (COA) Agreement, 2014.
Today, the governments of Canada and Ontario released a new draft agreement between Canada and Ontario on water quality and Great Lakes health to coordinate water quality protection measures in our Great Lakes. To support the development of this new agreement, Canada and Ontario are seeking public input. The draft agreement may be the subject of a public comment between July 5 and September 4. A final agreement is expected in 2020. The agreement will enter into force on December 18, 2014 and is an agreement between federal departments and departments to “restore, protect and preserve the quality of water and the health of Great Lakes ecosystems” (COA, Article II).