Nestle Waters Canada would not be allowed to apply for a permit to set up or expand water bottling operations for two years, according to a proposed regulation.

Nestle Waters Canada would not be allowed to apply for a permit to set up or expand water bottling operations for two years, according to a proposed regulation.
Photo Credit: Graeme Roy/Canadian Press

Province puts water-bottling business on hold

The province of Ontario is proposing to suspend the creation or expansion of bottled water plants while it considers changing the rules that allow companies to take water to sell, reports Canadian Press (CP). The proposed changes come after a backlash against Nestle Waters Canada which outbid the small town of Wellington Centre for the right to draw from a local well.

More science, transparency to be sought

CP reports the province wants there to be stricter scientific information provided before it awards water-drawing permit. It would like to know more about the effects of commercial activity on local water supplies, particularly in times of drought.

A source also told the wire service, the government wants more transparency about such activities and it may ask companies to create websites so the public can know more about the water they are taking every week.

The proposed regulation would put a moratorium on water-taking permits until 2019.

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2 comments on “Province puts water-bottling business on hold
  1. Rene Albert says:

    About time the Ontario government gives priority to its citizens befor big business…

    Who the hell cares about Nestle!

  2. James Vandenblink says:

    Best be careful lest the province be whacked with one of those nasty NAFTA fines!
    Canada’s sovereignty is overruled by NAFTA and soon by CETA & TPP as well.
    Thanks for nothing, Mrs. Harper & Trudeau!
    Time to fold the flag and store it as a fond memory