Water Sustainability Act - Groundwater use licensing transition period extended to 2022



Canada Publication March 2019

On February 25, 2019, we issued an update concerning the March 1, 2019, end of the transition period for persons using groundwater without a licence under the Water Sustainability Act. Ten days before the end of the transition period, the BC government issued an order-in-council extending the end of the transition period from March 1, 2019, to March 1, 2022.

The extension of the transition period gives most non-domestic users of groundwater in British Columbia three more years to apply for a water licence to lawfully continue to use and divert water from an aquifer and to preserve their dates of precedence.

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