Lake Ontario St. Lawrence River Plan 2014

Governance and Accountability

Comment Received

IJC Response

The Board should have at least one member knowledgeable about commercial navigation.





The Board will have an equal number of members from each country. Within this bi-national balance, at least one Board member will be from each of the five jurisdictions – federal, provincial and state. Key considerations in the appointment of candidates to the Board will include the expertise of potential members, their ability to act impartially and effectively with good judgment, their commitment to work towards Board consensus, engage appropriately with the public and reach decisions quickly.  

A range of other stakeholders including First Nations, shipping, riparian property owners, conservation organizations and a reflection of the region’s diverse geography should also be represented.

At least three Quebec representatives should be on the Board (provincial, municipalities and citizens) so that the representation is fairly split among the jurisdictions and so the Board benefits from their separate expertise.

The IJC should define and publish the role of the Operations Advisory Group.

The Board will establish the Operations Advisory Group in consultation with the IJC. The role of the group is to provide information and advice on the operation of the hydropower and navigation facilities, ice management activities, emergency situations and other operational issues as they relate to the regulation of water levels and flows. The Board and the Regulation Representatives may consult with OAG members individually or collectively as the occasion requires.  The Directive on Board responsibilities sets out the duties of the Board and OAG.

The Board should have both command and control and collaborative elements, such as the adaptive management responsibility.


The Board is overseeing the GLAM Committee  in the implementation of the adaptive management strategy.  The GLAM will verify that the effects of the new regulation plan over time are as anticipated, react to the influence of changing conditions such as climate change, and propose ways to adapt or improve the implementation of the regulation plan as required. The Board may also use the information acquired through the adaptive management strategy to propose modifications to the plan. The Board might consider proposing plan changes to the IJC if monitoring data shows conditions (climatic, socio-economic or environmental) have changed enough such that the plan is no longer meeting its intended objectives or improvements to the plan could create increased benefits.   The IJC will consider whether recommended changes to Plan 2014 are warranted and if so will seek the concurrence of the two federal governments before making those changes.

The Board should have a clear communications strategy.

The IJC agrees. The Board will keep the public informed and engaged through its website, hosting regular public meetings and/or teleconferences, and via social media.

Hold public meetings every three years in order to maintain close contact with shoreline communities, notify the public of changes in the performance of the regulation plan, report on progress made towards achieving the objectives, and collect opinions and concerns

The Board will have a communications committee to ensure that all stakeholders are informed and have opportunities to express their views regarding regulation. The communications committee will ensure that the Board is proactive in acquiring knowledge about stakeholder needs and perspectives on an ongoing basis and in providing them with regular information about Board decisions and the issues before the Board. The Commission will encourage the Board to take advantage of multiple means, including modern technology and alternative communications forums, to better inform and receive input from stakeholders and the public within the framework of the Commission’s communication strategy.