The North Bay-Mattawa Source Protection Authority (SPA) coordinated the development of the Source Protection Plan (SP Plan) to protect the sources of five municipal drinking water systems in our watershed:  Callander, Mattawa, North Bay, Powassan and South River.

The local Source Protection Committee (SPC), appointed by the SPA, worked with municipalities, stakeholders and the general public to ensure that the Source Protection (SP) Plan is relevant at the local level and that our drinking water sources are protected now and for future generations.

The SP Plan is based on the scientific and technical findings and consultations contained in the Assessment Report.

Source Protection Plan and Assessment Report Updates

The current Source Protection Plan has been in effect since July 1, 2015. The Minister of Conservation, Environment and Parks provided a revised section 36 Order in May 2019 directing the Source Protection Authority to submit updates to the Source Protection Plan and related Assessment Report.

The Source Protection Committee is currently reviewing the Source Protection Plan policies with the goal of addressing any implementation challenges and keeping the documents current with technical information, regulations and Ministry guidance.

The intent is to engage in a consultation series this later this spring and summer with three phases: Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks; municipalities and other implementing bodies; and affected landowners and the general public. A review of comments and potential changes to the draft updated Source Protection Plan will follow each round of consultation.


The SP Plan designates bodies to implement the policies including municipalities, provincial ministries, the Source Protection Authority, the Technical Standards & Safety Authority and the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority (NBMCA).

Municipalities are implementing the plan through a variety of strategies, including their own official plans and by-laws, and other bodies will implement policies through the legislative and regulatory frameworks required in the SP Plan.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please contact the Source Protection Supervisor.

For full information on the Source Protection Program, visit

Map of Source Protection Jurisdiction
North Bay-Mattawa Source Protection Area - click on image to enlarge.