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Ontario Government Agency History (BA127)

Ontario Water Resources Commission


History and Function

Name
Ontario Water Resources Commission
Dates of Existence
1956-1972
Function
The Ontario Water Resources Commission constructed and operated systems for the supply, purification and distribution of water and for the disposal of sewage in the province of Ontario. In addition, the Commission had authority over controlling the pollution of waterways and for the conservation and development of the water resources of the province. By 1961, the Commission was also assigned responsibility for the instigation of criminal charges against individuals or corporations violating clean water regulations.
Administrative History

The Ontario Water Resources Commission was established on May 3, 1956, following the work of the Water Resources and Supply Committee of the Department of Public Works.

From 1956 to 1964, the Commission consisted of five divisions - the Laboratories and Research Division, the Construction Division, the Plant Operations Division, the Sanitary Engineering Division (which previously formed a part of the Ontario Department of Health), and the Water Resources Division.

New divisions established between 1964 and 1972 included the Division of Finance (1964); the Division of Industrial Wastes and the Division of Project Development (1965); and the Division of Administrative Services (1967). In addition, the Laboratories and Research Division was divided to form both a Laboratories Division and a Research Division in 1961.

The Ontario Water Resources Commission reported to the Legislature through the Department of Public Works (1956-1959); the Department of Municipal Affairs (1960- 1963); the Department of Energy and Resources Management (1964 to 1971); and to the Department of the Environment (1972).

In 1972, the Ontario Water Resources Commission was amalgamated with the Department of the Environment to form the Ministry of the Environment.

Authorizing Agent

Act to establish a Water Resources Commission, Statutes of Ontario 1956, Chap. 62

The Ontario Water Resources Commission Act, Statutes of Ontario 1957, Chap. 88

Agency Also Known As

OWRC

Source Note

Annual Reports of the Ontario Water Resources Commission

Canadiana Name Authorities, 1996-12- 24

Directory and Guide to Services of the Ontario Government, 1955-1967

MacTaggart, Hazel. Publications of the Government of Ontario, 1956-1971 (1975)


Agencies that preceded and/or succeeded this agency

Successor Agencies

Ontario. Ministry of the Environment (1972-1993)


Subordinate Agencies

These agencies reported to the Ontario Water Resources Commission.

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Agency Name Dates of Existence
Ontario Water Resources Commission. Division of Laboratories 1963-1972
Ontario Water Resources Commission. Division of Sanitary Engineering 1957-1972
Ontario Water Resources Commission. Division of Water Resources 1957-1972
Ontario Water Resources Commission. Laboratories and Research Division 1957-1963
Ontario Water Resources Commission. Legal Branch 1958-1972
Ontario Water Resources Commission. Water and Pollution Advisory Committee 1956-1971

Archival Record Series Created by this Agency

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Reference Code Series Title

RG 84-1

Central Registry of the Ontario Water Resources Commission

RG 84-2

Ontario Water Resources Commission general manager's files

RG 84-3

Ontario Water Resources Commission records on the International Joint Commission

RG 84-4

Ontario Water Resources Commission / Department of Health Liaison Committee records

RG 84-5

Ontario Water Resources Commission monthly activity reports

RG 84-7

Ontario Water Resources Commission prosecutions files

RG 84-8

Ontario Water Resources Commission agendas and minutes

RG 84-9

Newspaper clippings volumes compiled by the General Manager of the Ontario Water Resources Commission

RG 12-23

Sudbury Regional Office biological and zoological science correspondence

RG 12-28

Municipal water and sewage project construction files

RG 12-30

Municipal approvals files

RG 12-32

Private Sewage Program operational policy files

RG 12-33

Aquatic nuisance control regulatory files

RG 12-35

Contingency Planning files

RG 12-36

Water and industrial waste analysis reports files

RG 12-38

Environmental pollution studies Mercury files

RG 12-39

Environmental Pollutants Data files

RG 12-40

River analysis report files

RG 12-42

Legal claims and projects files of the Ministry of the Environment

RG 12-53

Ministry of the Environment policy and planning files

RG 12-55

Ontario Hydro Power Generation water and air pollution subject files

RG 12-60

Industrial waste disposal files

RG 12-65

Local Advisory Committee Treatment Facility files

RG 12-67

Provincial water and sewage project files

RG 12-77

Ministry of the Environment prosecutions files

RG 12-80

Water Resources Branch Director’s policy working papers

RG 12-81

Water Resources Branch records on the International Joint Commission

RG 12-83

Water Resources Branch liaison with other agencies files.

RG 12-84

Water Resources Branch meetings and conference files

RG 12-88

Water quality studies files

RG 12-89

Water quantity management consultant and policy development files

RG 12-93

Ministry of the Environment General Counsel's files

RG 12-95

Environmental Assessment Board general operational files

RG 12-98

Intergovernmental Relations Operational files

RG 84-10

Ontario Water Resources Commission Laboratories and Research Division new laboratory files

RG 84-11

Ontario Water Resources Commission Laboratories and Research Division reference materials

RG 84-12

Ontario Water Resources Commission Laboratories and Research Division subject files

RG 84-13

Proceedings of Ontario industrial waste conferences

RG 84-14

Ontario Water Resources Commission expropriation files

RG 84-15

Ontario Water Resources Commission municipal files

RG 84-18

Water supply and pollution control study records

RG 84-19

Water and Pollution Advisory Committee records

RG 84-21

Industrial waste trade files

RG 84-22

Division of Sanitary Engineering program files

RG 84-23

Elliot Lake pollution studies files

RG 12-104

Great Lakes analysis report files

RG 12-115

Pollution Control Branch operational committee files

RG 12-120

Region Pits and Quarries files

RG 12-125

Ministry of the Environment orders files

RG 12-126

Waste Management Branch studies files

RG 12-133

Hydrology and monitoring files

RG 12-136

Legal Services Branch expropriations files

RG 12-137

Ministry of the Environment records relating to the socio-economic impact of environmental policies

RG 12-141

Hearings files of the Legal Services Branch of the Ministry of the Environment

RG 12-142

Legal opinion and administration files of the Ministry of the Environment

RG 12-143

Records of the Canada / Ontario Agreement Respecting the Great Lakes Ecosystem

RG 12-144

Water Resources Branch studies and surveys files

RG 12-145

Surface water data, assessment and problems files

RG 12-146

Regional waste management disposal sites files

RG 12-151

Regional Environmental Assessment Act files

RG 12-157

Pollutant spills reports

RG 12-167

Records relating to the International Hydrological Decade

RG 12-201

Water Well records

Archival Records about this Person or Body

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Reference Code Series Title

RG 19-3-6

Files of the Minister of Municipal Affairs on the Ontario Water Resources Commission