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 North Bay-Mattawa Source Protection Authority is in the process of completing a Section 36 Amendment to our Source Protection Plan and Assessment Report under the Clean Water Act. The current Source Protection Plan has been in place since July 1, 2015. The Minister provided an amended 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 has met several times to review 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.

Two rounds of pre-consultation have taken place with municipalities and implementing agencies. A public consultation phase has begun starting May 8, 2024 and ending on June 13, 2024 at 4:30pm.

Notice of Public Consultation. Two open houses for the public are being held on: May 22, 2024 from 5pm to 6:30pm and on May 29, 2024 from 10:30 am to 12pm at the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority located at 15 Janey Avenue, North Bay, Ontario, P1C 1N1.


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.