Regulation of Dams in Canada
Regulation of dams in Canada is a provincial/territorial responsibility and is similar to other areas of provincial jurisdiction such health and education. Unlike other countries, Canada does not have a federal regulatory agency or over-arching program which guides the development of requirements for the safe management of dams. The Canadian Dam Association (CDA), a volunteer organization was formed in the 1980s to provide dam owners, operators, consultants, suppliers and government agencies with a national forum to discuss issues of dam safety in Canada. The Dam Safety Guidelines developed by the CDA can provide regulators with a basis for evaluating the safety of dams within their respective jurisdictions.