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Class EA

Major Amendment 

The OWA has submitted a proposed major amendment to the Class EA for Waterpower Projects to the ministry for review and decision. The OWA is following the environmental planning and approvals process in accordance with the approved Class EA (2008), which allows for amendments. Section 8.2 of the Class EA allows a person to apply to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change (Minister) to consider approving a major amendment to the Class EA. The proposed amendment is to create a streamlined process for small waterpower projects that have a nameplate capacity of 500 kW or under and that are associated with existing water management infrastructure, and projects that only involve increasing the efficiency of existing facilities. Projects would involve the use, retrofitting, redeveloping, upgrading or like-for-like replacement of existing infrastructure. Thus, these projects are expected to involve very minimal, short term and localized environmental effects. Proposed Amendments to the Class EA 2016 (PDF)

Class EA for Waterpower Projects Sixth Edition - November 2015

The Class Environmental Assessment for Waterpower Projects (Class EA) was approved in October 2008 as a planning process that allows proponents to assess the potential effects to the environment using best available information in order to make an informed decision about how or whether a project should proceed. The Class EA applies to all waterpower projects to which Ontario Regulation 116/01 – Electricity Projects (2001) under the EA Act currently or as amended applies. The Class EA was amended on October 8, 2015 with the following amendments:

Table 1- Accepted Minor Amendments to the Class EA 2015 (PDF)

Class Enviromental Assessment - Statement of Completion (fillable form) 

The sixth edition of the Class EA for Waterpower Projectes was published on November 9, 2015 and included all up-to-date amendements incorporated in a single accessilbe document available here. If you are interested in ordering a printed version of the Class EA please contact Janelle Bates jbates@owa.ca

Notice of Amendments to the Class EA for Waterpower Projects

NOTICE OF MINOR AMENDMENTS TO THE CLASS ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR WATERPOWER PROJECTS OCTOBER 2015 (PDF)

NOTICE OF MINOR AMENDMENTS TO THE CLASS ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR WATERPOWER PROJECTES OCTOBER 2014 (PDF)

NOTICE OF MINOR AMENDMENTS TO THE CLASS ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR WATERPOWER PROJECTS SEPTEMBER 2013 (PDF)

NOTICE OF MINOR AMENDMENTS CLASS ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR WATERPOWER PROJECTS MARCH 2012 (PDF)

NOTICE OF MINOR AMENDMENTS CLASS ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR WATERPOWER PROJECTS MARCH 2011(PDF)

NOTICE OF MINOR AMENDMENTS CLASS ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR WATERPOWER PROJECTS 2010 (PDF)

Proposed Amendment to the Class EA for Waterpower Projects Q&A Revised September 12, 2012 (PDF)
Proposed Amendment to the Class EA for Waterpower Projects Webinar Presentation (PDF)
Proposed Amendment to the Class EA for Waterpower Projects (PDF)
Draft Notice of Project Template (PDF)

Class EA  
Waterpower Facilities 
(PDF - Size: 432 K)   
A Citizen's Guide - Understanding the Class Environmental Assessment Process 
for Waterpower Projects
 (PDF)