Contingency Planning

Spill Contingency Planning

The purpose of a spill response plan is to enable responders to approach and handle spill incidents SAFELY and EFFECTIVELY. Contingency plans are a living document and should be concise, easy to understand, and reviewed and adjusted as changes warrant. They should also meet or exceed all legal and regulatory requirements within your region of operations.


The ministry intends to propose regulations that would set specific requirements for
meeting the testing provisions proposed above. The intent is to require a regulated
person to demonstrate that they are able to implement their spill contingency plan.

The ministry intends to propose a regulation requiring that one tabletop drill be completed annually along with one deployment drill or exercise. Every three years, a deployment exercise would be required to test the response to a worst case spill, with ‘worst case’ to be defined in the proposed regulation.