To Press Releases listDec 21, 2018
December 21, 2018 (Puslinch, ON) – Nestlé Waters Canada today responded to the Government of Ontario’s announcement to extend the moratorium on new or expanded Permits to Take Waters for water bottlers for up to one additional year.
“Nestlé Waters Canada strongly believes in scientific, evidence-based and data-driven decision making on water policy,” said Adam Graves, President of Nestlé Waters Canada. “Today’s decision will have no impact on our commitment to the communities in which we live and work, or our dedication to the health and sustainability of our shared water resources.”
At the same time, Nestlé Waters Canada is disappointed with the continuation of the previous government’s policy on these permits, which has created an uncertain investment environment and challenges for business operations in Ontario. “This decision continues the policy of penalizing a single industry that is responsible for just 0.01% of the water takings in Ontario,” said Graves. “Our employees working in Ontario – approximately 250 of whom directly support the Waters business in this province – are looking for reassurance and certainty, which the continuation of this policy doesn’t provide.”
A recent economic impact report completed by Nestlé Waters Canada highlighted the benefit of the company’s operations to the provincial economy, including $85M in annual purchases of local goods and services, as well as $8.79M in total tax revenue. Nearly 200 of Nestlé Waters’ employees are employed in Southwestern Ontario (with almost half of those directly in Wellington County and Guelph). Nestlé Waters Canada also supports the province’s recycling efforts through Stewardship Ontario’s Blue Box Program, contributing of over $1.5M annually.
“We continue to remain confident that the outcome of the government study will support the rigorous scientific evaluations we have conducted over the last 18 years, which show no negative impact to the local aquifer or surrounding ecosystem,” said Andreanne Simard, Natural Resources Manager. “We also remain committed to helping the Ontario government and the Ministry of Environment Conservation and Parks find a more holistic approach to water regulation in the province,” she said.
Nestlé Waters will continue to engage all levels of government, as well as First Nations, as we work toward a permitting solution that puts the welfare of the communities in which we operate, first.
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