ANNOUNCEMENT 13 May 2010

In May 2010, the government of Canada announced an altered export prohibition.

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Export ban

On May 13th 2010, the Canadian government introduced the Transboundary Waters Protection Act, which strengthens prohibitions on bulk removal of Canada's water outside the country.
 
The new act would strengthen existing protections by bringing waters within federal jurisdiction under a more comprehensive prohibition against bulk water removals. Rivers and streams that cross international borders would receive the same protection already in place for waters, such as the Great Lakes, that straddle them. The bill would give Ottawa new powers of inspection and enforcement and introduces fines of up to $6 million for corporate violations.
 
The only exception to the bulk water prohibition would be to fight forest fires across the border.
 
The Parliament reinstated the Bill on 26 March 2011 for the last time (40th Parliament, 3rd session) and it has never received the approval of the Parliament.

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