International River Improvements Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. I-20)

Act current to 2014-06-12 and last amended on 2010-12-10. Previous Versions

International River Improvements Act

R.S.C., 1985, c. I-20

An Act respecting the construction, operation and maintenance of international river improvements


Marginal note:Short title

 This Act may be cited as the International River Improvements Act.

  • R.S., c. I-22, s. 1.


Marginal note:Definitions

 In this Act,

“Chief Review Officer”

« réviseur-chef »

“Chief Review Officer” means the review officer appointed as Chief Review Officer under subsection 244(1) of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 and includes any review officer designated under subsection 244(3) of that Act to perform the functions of the Chief Review Officer;

“international river”

« cours d’eau international »

“international river” means water flowing from any place in Canada to any place outside Canada;

“international river improvement”

« ouvrage destiné à l’amélioration d’un cours d’eau international »

“international river improvement” means a dam, obstruction, canal, reservoir or other work the purpose or effect of which is

  • (a) to increase, decrease or alter the natural flow of an international river, and

  • (b) to interfere with, alter or affect the actual or potential use of the international river outside Canada;


« ministre »

“Minister” means such member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada as is designated by the Governor in Council as the Minister for the purposes of this Act.

  • R.S., 1985, c. I-20, s. 2;
  • 2009, c. 14, s. 89.


Marginal note:Regulations

 The Governor in Council may, for the purpose of developing and utilizing the water resources of Canada in the national interest, make regulations

  • (a) respecting the construction, operation and maintenance of international river improvements;

  • (b) respecting the issue, cancellation and suspension of licences for the construction, operation and maintenance of international river improvements;

  • (c) prescribing fees for licences issued under this Act;

  • (d) respecting the exemption of international river improvements from the operation of this Act;

  • (e) authorizing the conduct of inspections under this Act in respect of any improvement exempted from the operation of this Act under the authority of regulations made under paragraph (d) and setting out the purposes for which those inspections may be carried out; and

  • (f) designating provisions of the regulations for the purpose of paragraph 33(1)(b).

  • R.S., 1985, c. I-20, s. 3;
  • 2009, c. 14, s. 90.