North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority

15 Janey Avenue
North Bay, Ontario
P1C 1N1

Phone: (705) 474-5420
Fax: (705) 474-9793 

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You'll see these signs posted on roadways to advise when you're entering an Intake Protection Zone or a Wellhead Protection Area for a municipal drinking water source.

Working Together to Protect Our Drinking Water Sources

Everyone should be able to trust that the water they drink is safe. Protecting the sources of our drinking water - lakes, rivers or underground aquifers - is the first step to ensure safe drinking water through the development of a Source Protection Plan (SP Plan).

North Bay-Mattawa Source Protection Plan (Effective Date July 1, 2015)

Explanatory Document (Explains rationale for each policy)

Assessment Report (Identifies vulnerable areas and threats)

Source Protection Plan and Assessment Report Updates

The current Source Protection Plan has been in effect since July 1, 2015. The Minister 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 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.

The updates to the Source Protection Plan will include: modifications to delineated areas for surface
water systems; incorporating threat activities and changes made to the provincial tables of drinking water threats; review of policy wording and potential additions to policy sets; making editorial corrections; and updating text and tables to reflect current information.

As the Source Protection Committee reviews drafts of proposed changes these will be shared with staff at the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks. Rounds of consultation will then occur with municipalities and implementing agencies, followed by a public consultation phase.



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 SPA appointed the local Source Protection Committee (SPC). Who worked with the municipalities, various stakeholders and the general public to ensure that the Source Protection 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.


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 will implement the plan through a variety of strategies, including their own official plans and bylaws, 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 us at or contact Source Protection Staff at 705 474-5420.

Clean Water Act

The Clean Water Act was passed by the Ontario legislature to assist communities with protecting their municipal drinking water supplies at the source. Through source protection planning, communities across Ontario identify potential risks to local water quality and water supply, and create a plan to reduce or eliminate these risks. Development of the Plans is overseen by local Source Protection Committees and involves watershed residents, municipalities, conservation authorities, property owners, farmers, industry, health officials, community groups, and others.

Source Protection Planning is governed by the Clean Water Act, 2006 and has been fully funded by the Province of Ontario to March 2015.

Learn more about Ontario's Drinking Water Source Protection Program by visiting

Ontario's Source Water Protection Map

Everyone can play a role in protecting our sources of drinking water. 
Check out our local Source Protection Plan for North Bay, Mattawa, Callander, Powassan and South River.

One position available on Source Protection Committee

One position available on Source Protection Committee

 (North Bay, August 17, 2020)   There is one vacancy for a municipal sector representative on the North Bay-Mattawa Drinking Water Source Protection Committee (SPC), a local multi-stakeholder committee responsible for reducing risks to local municipal drinking water sources in Callander, Mattawa, North Bay, Powassan, and South River.

To be considered for the SPC, an applicant must reside in, own or rent land in, be employed in, operate a business in, or be employed by a municipality located in the North Bay-Mattawa Source Protection Area. A selection committee composed of Source Protection Authority (SPA) members will interview candidates and make recommendations to the SPA which is responsible for the appointment of SPC members.

Membership on the SPC is evenly allocated between municipal, economic and general public sectors. There is an additional seat on the 10-member committee for a Nipissing First Nations representative. Members are asked to make a five-year commitment to serve on the SPC. SPC members receive a $200/day per diem.

Source Protection Committee members include Maurice Schlosser, George Stivrins, Lucy Emmott, Peter Murray, John MacLachlan, Bev Hillier, Andrea Labelle, and Randy McLaren. Wayne Belter is Chair, appointed by the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. The Nipissing First Nations position on the committee is vacant. The current municipal opening is a result of the death of Mayor Hector Lavigne of Callander in early January 2020. Mayor Lavigne had served as a valued member of the Source Protection Committee since January 2018.

Anyone interested in applying to be considered for appointment as a municipal representative must contact the Clerk of a municipality located within the North Bay-Mattawa Source Protection Area and submit a completed application to the Municipality. Municipalities must submit their selections for consideration to the North Bay-Mattawa Source Protection Authority by Monday, September 14, 2020.

A letter from the municipality acknowledging its support for the applicant is also required.

An application form can be found on as well as the Notice for Applications and associated information including: Summary of Source Protection Committee Role and SPC Member Obligations; Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest Policy; and Rules of Procedures.

For additional information, contact:

David Ellingwood, Supervisor, Source Water Protection,
North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority
15 Janey Ave., North Bay, ON P1C 1N1
(705) 474-5420

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Policies implemented for protecting municipal drinking water sources; plan now up for review

(North Bay, May 24, 2019)   All policies established to protect the sources of municipal drinking water in North Bay, Mattawa, Powassan, Callander, and South River are now in place and being implemented according to the North Bay-Mattawa Source Protection Area’s 2018 Annual Report.

“The annual report rates progress on implementation of policies by all affected municipalities, ministries and agencies as specified in the Source Protection Plan. It also flags challenges and areas for review,” said David Ellingwood, Supervisor of the drinking water source protection program at the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority (NBMCA).

The North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority administers the Source Protection program under the oversight of the source protection committee and the source protection authority with provincial funding through the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks.

The Annual Report can be viewed here:

Full media release