Many provincial laws are applicable in Quebec to protect the environment and the living species inhabiting it for now and the future. One of the most influential laws for the protection of the environment is the MDDELCC Environment Quality Act. Many other policies and regulations are the results of this act, such as the Protection Policy for Lakeshores, Riverbanks, Littoral Zones and Floodplain , the Québec residual materials management policy, the Water Withdrawal and Protection Regulation, the Regulation respecting the charges payable for the use of water.
Sometimes these policies and regulations are combined into the Act to affirm the collective nature of water resources and to promote better governance of water and associated environments. Depending on the different levels of governments, other laws can take place such as the Municipal Powers Act and the Act respecting land use planning and development. These laws provide municipalities with a course of action for good water management practices and conservation planning in Quebec.
Applicable laws and regulations:
- Environment Quality Act
- Act to affirm the collective nature of water resources and to promote better governance of water and associated environments
- Protection Policy for Lakeshores, Riverbanks, Littoral Zones and Floodplain
- Watercourses act
- Municipal Powers Act
- Act respecting land use planning and development