The Terms of Reference for the Quinte Region was approved by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment on February 5, 2009.

The Terms of Reference document set out the work plan and estimated budget required to complete the Assessment Report and the Source Protection Plan. The scope of the work, roles and responsibilities, and estimated costs are itemized in the Terms of Reference.

The document includes an outline of the work of the committee, staff team, municipalities and consultants to produce our Source Protection Plan.  It also includes estimated completion dates and costs.  The Terms of Reference was completed in 2008 as required by regulation under the Clean Water Act.

The Source Protection Committee prepared the Draft Proposed Terms of Reference and made it available on May 12, 2008 for a 35 day comment period. Quinte Conservation held public meetings on June 4, 2008 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. The Committee revised the document based on comments received. As required by the Clean Water Act and its regulations, the Terms of Reference was re-circulated for further review and comment. The Committee requested written comments to be submitted by Friday September 19, 2008 at 4:00 pm.  In October 2008, the Source Protection Authority submitted the Proposed Terms of Reference, along with all comments received during the round of consultation, to the Ontario Minister of the Environment for review and approval.