A7. Wastewater: Federal Sources

7. Effluent Regulatory Reporting Information System (ERRIS)


Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations, SOR/2012-139, and Fisheries Act of Canada, Registration 2012-06-29

Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations, P.C. 2012-942 2012-06-28

Applies to

Owners/operators of wastewater systems

Prepared by

Owners/operators of wastewater systems

Submitted to/ publication requirements

To Environment and Climate Change Canada by an online electronic form



Due date/ frequency

Quarter or Annual Reporting

Quarterly reporters:

Deadlines are:

  • January 1 to March 31 - May 15
  • April 1 to June 30 - August 14
  • July 1 to September 30 - November 14
  • October 1 to December 31 - February 14

Annual reporters:

Deadline for the annual January 1 to December 31 report - February 14

Minimum data requirements

Fields in application form and profile include:

  • Name of owner
  • Civic address
  • Postal address
  • Operator information
  • Wastewater system name
  • System type (continuous or intermittent)
  • Type of wastewater treatment
  • Average daily effluent volume in cubic metres
  • Average suspended solids
  • Type of receiving water body
  • Name of receiving body (name of water frequented by fish into which effluent is deposited)
  • Final discharge point for wastewater - mapping coordinates (other than overflow point, beyond which owner no longer exercises control over the quality before it is deposited as effluent in a water or a place)
  • Point of entry for wastewater mapping coordinates (the point at which effluent is deposited in water that contains fish)
  • Combined sewer overflow points
  • Receiving body type overflow points
  • Sanitary sewer overflow points
  • Receiving body type sanitary sewer points

Issues/ drawbacks

Not consistently available to researchers.

Other information

Not a public dataset, but Environment and Climate Change Canada has released it on previous occasions.