Irrigation Regulations 2020

Updates to the Irrigation Act have came into legislation in the March 11, 2020. Download the act below or order a print copy at

Summary: On March 20, 2020, these regulations (RRS I-14.2 Reg 1) will include:

  • Additional requirements for irrigation districts to prepare irrigation works management plans, including setting appropriate irrigation replacement fund contributions to ensure the long-term sustainability of the infrastructure;
  • Updated fee schedule for irrigation certification fees to achieve approximate cost recovery for government services; there is a new reduced fee for applicants that can provide their own soil and water investigation data to the satisfaction of the minister, to limit instances of clients paying for the same services twice;
  • Additional requirements on liability protection afforded to irrigation districts in regards to water seepage when not they are not negligent;
  • Modernized definitions and responsibilities;
  • Similar to the previous Act, the requirement for the minister to obtain the prior approval of the Lieutenant Governor in Council before providing any financial assistance greater than $100,000;
  • Allowance for irrigation districts to apply to the minister for lesser financial audit requirements when reasonable and appropriate;
  • Clarification of criteria on which the minister may approve or refuse an application for amalgamation by two or more irrigation districts;
  • Clarification of requirements for irrigation districts to be wound up, whether voluntarily or on the minister’s initiative; and
  • Reduction in red-tape for the Irrigation Crop Diversification Corporation to elect, appoint and retain board members.

See: The Irrigation Act, 2019, section 6-9