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Dominion Water Power Act

Version of section 2 from 2014-04-01 to 2019-07-14:

Marginal note:Definitions

 In this Act,

Dominion water-powers

Dominion water-powers means any water-powers on public lands, or any other water-powers that are the property of Canada and have been or may be placed under the administration of the Minister, but does not include water-powers on lands under the administration and control of the Commissioner of Yukon or the Northwest Territories; (forces hydrauliques du Canada)


Minister means the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development; (ministre)

public lands

public lands means lands belonging to Her Majesty in right of Canada and includes lands of which the Government of Canada has power to dispose but does not include lands under the administration and control of the Commissioner of Yukon or the Northwest Territories; (terres domaniales)


stream or water means any river, brook, lake, pond, creek or other flowing or standing water; (cours d’eau ou eau)


undertaking means the undertaking required or proposed to be established or carried on in pursuance of this Act or the regulations by Her Majesty or by any applicant, licensee or person in the development of any Dominion water-power or in the transmission, distribution or utilization of the force or energy produced from the water-power, and includes, in so far as authorized or required,

  • (a) the storage, pondage, penning back, regulation, augmentation, carriage, diversion and use of water or of the flow thereof,

  • (b) the generation of energy at any plant that is used as an auxiliary to the water-power plant,

  • (c) the surveying, laying out, constructing, maintaining and operating of works, including dams, flumes, penstocks, power stations, transmission lines, terminal stations and substations,

  • (d) the surveying of any public lands or other lands, the carrying on of investigations, and the collection of data,

  • (e) the acquisition and use of lands and properties or any interest therein,

  • (f) the administration and management of the required lands, works and properties, and the business connected therewith, and

  • (g) matters incidental to any matters referred to in paragraphs (a) to (f); (entreprise)


water-power includes any force or energy of whatever form or nature contained in or capable of being produced or generated from any flowing or falling water in such quantity as to make it of commercial value. (force hydraulique)

  • R.S., 1985, c. W-4, s. 2
  • 2002, c. 7, s. 161
  • 2014, c. 2, s. 32

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