On Friday, February 23rd, OOWA submitted a Request for Review to the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario in collaboration with the Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations. The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO) is an independent officer of the provincial legislature who reports to the government and to the public on progress regarding a number of environmental issues. Under the Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR), individual citizens, organizations and corporations can ask the Ontario government for a new environmental policy, act or regulation, or for changes to existing ones.
OOWA’s and FOCA’s joint submission to the ECO requests that the Ministry of Municipal Affairs review the efficacy of the provisions in the Building Code that deal with Maintenance and Management of onsite sewage systems (Reg 332/12, Building Code, Division B, Part 8, Section 8.9 -Operation and Maintenance). In addition, the submission also requests that the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change consider the need for new provisions and/or Regulation under the Ontario Water Resources Act to govern the operation and maintenance of onsite septic systems.
It is OOWA’s position that, though the Building Code is adequate to ensure the sound design, installation and permitting of private site sewage systems, it does not provide the tools required to ensure the critical maintenance, ongoing management and accurate record keeping of these systems after their final inspection. OOWA contends that the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, with new directives added to the Ontario Water Resources Act, would be better suited to govern the missing maintenance, management and tracking components to the current legislative regime.
Read the full submission. (PDF)