About Us

Organization and Purpose

The Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board was established in 1983 by the governments of Canada, Quebec, and Ontario to ensure integrated management of the principal reservoirs of the Ottawa River Basin.

The goal of this integrated management is to provide protection against flooding along the Ottawa River and its tributaries, particularly in the Montreal Region, and at the same time maintain the interests of the various users particularly in hydro-electric energy production.

The Board consists of seven members, each with an alternate, who represent Canada (3 members), Ontario (2 members), and Quebec (2 members). The authority of the Board is defined by an Agreement Respecting Ottawa River Basin Regulation.

The operational arm of the Board is the Ottawa River Regulating Committee, a unit formed under the terms of the Agreement, which is responsible to the Board for ongoing operation and for establishing regulation practices and procedures within the overall regulation policies prescribed by the Board.

The executive arm of the Board is the Ottawa River Regulation Secretariat, a unit also formed under the terms of the Agreement, which reports to the Board and is responsible for carrying out the Board's work as well as to assist the Regulating Committee.