We’re Looking for new Source Protection Committee Members

Thank you to those that submitted an application to sit on our Source Protection Committee (SPC). The deadline of January 5, 2020 at 4:30pm has now passed and we are no longer taking applications.

To those who have applied, we will be in touch soon.

For reference sake, here is the 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, Conservation and Parks, 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, Environment, etc.) as per Section 2 of Ontario Regulation 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, Conservation and Parks, and other duties as required.
  • Attend 2-3 meetings of the committee and related sub-committees or work sessions per year for up to a 5 year period (funding permitting). Meetings are typically held in the afternoon from 1pm – 4pm in the Barrie area.
  • Attend 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, and/or Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks.

To be eligible to become a member of the Source Protection Committee, applicants 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.
  • Have demonstrated ability to understand source protection science, concepts and technical reports.
  • Have relevant knowledge (i.e. watersheds, hydrologic cycle, wellhead protection areas).
  • Have 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.
  • Have problem-solving, analytical, communication, and organizational skills; conciliatory decision-making skills
  • Have demonstrated ability to work with group dynamics and team environments
  • Have the willingness and ability to travel around the source protection region or area
  • Be able to work cooperatively with others
  • Desire to seek solutions
  • Have excellent listening skills
  • Be committed to mutual respect for others and for their views
  • Have an openness to working together positively with representatives for other sectors
  • SPC members cannot be current source protection authority staff or board members


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