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SPC Job Description

The Source Protection Committee (SPC) is envisioned in the Clean Water Act, 2006, and has been created according to provincial regulation and facilitated by the local Source Protection Authorities (SPAs), Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA) SPA, Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA) SPA, and the Severn Sound Environmental Association (SSEA) SPA, with input from stakeholder sectors. The committee is comprised of 21 members, plus the Chair appointed by the Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, and is composed of 1/3 Municipal Sector; 1/3 Economic Sector (Industry, Commercial, etc.) and 1/3 Public Sector (i.e. Property Owners, Health, Environmental, etc.) as per Section 2 of Ontario Regulation 288/07 (O.reg 288/07).

Roles and Responsibilities

Members of the Source Protection Committee (SPC) should be able to:

  • Contribute positively to the production of updated assessment reports and source protection plans, review correspondence and direction from the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC), receive and review a Tier 3 Water Budget and other duties as required.
  • Attend 2-3 meetings of the committee and related committees or work sessions per year for a 5 year period. Meetings are typically held in the afternoon from 1pm – 4pm in the Barrie area.
  • ttend Open Houses and public consultations meetings as required.
  • Review meeting materials provided in advance and provide input in a timely manner, if requested.
  • Demonstrate an ability to weigh different points of view and exhibit solid problem-solving, analytical, communication and organizational skills.
  • Hold relevant knowledge of the watersheds, local land uses and institutions to provide constructive, collaborative and science-based input on local source protection planning issue(s).
  • Work with others collaboratively to make decisions at the committee table.
  • Act as liaisons by bringing forward common concerns from their knowledge and experience in their sector to the committee and assist in communicating the committee’s work.
  • SPC members must protect freedom of information and privacy protection of personal information.
  • Other roles and responsibilities yet to be determined by the Source Protection Authorities (SPAs), and/or Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC).

Selection Criteria

The Source Protection Committee (SPC) size and composition is determined to some extent by legislation (Section 2 of O.Reg 288/07 as noted above). The Joint Source Protection Authorities (SPAs) proposed the committee composition to represent the multi-sectorial interest of the planning region.

Criteria for member selection include:

  • Member must reside, own or rent property, be employed in or operate a business in, or be employed by a municipality that is located within the borders of the South Georgian Bay Lake Simcoe Source Protection Region.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand source protection science, concepts and technical reports.
  • Relevant knowledge (i.e. watersheds, hydrologic cycle, wellhead protection areas).
  • Proven ability to act as liaison for the sector(s) being represented – SPC member should be familiar with the issues and considerations of the interests they represent.
  • Problem-solving, analytical, communication , and organizational skills; conciliatory decision-making skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work with group dynamics and team environments
  • Willingness and ability to travel around the source protection region or area
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others
  • Desire to seek solutions
  • Ability to listen
  • Commitment to mutual respect for others and for their views
  • An openness to working together positively with representatives for other sectors
  • SPC members cannot be current conservation authority board members


Source Protection Committee (SPC) per diems and mileage are set by the Source Protection Authority and may be adjusted annually.

Download the SPC membership application form