Dam and canal safety

Guidelines and best practices ensure dams in Alberta are built and operated safely.


Dams in Alberta are built, maintained, operated and decommissioned in a safe manner aligned with provincial, national and international guidelines and best practices.

Alberta Agriculture and Irrigation provides regulatory oversight to ensure dam owners take active responsibility for the integrity and safe operations of their dams through the:

For more information, see: Dam and canal safety regulatory framework.

The Dam Safety Regulatory System ensures dam owners comply with the legislation with the following compliance assurance objectives:

  • education
  • prevention
  • enforcement


To report an environmental emergency or complaint:

Alberta EDGE
24-Hour toll free: 1-800-222-6514

For dam safety questions:

Alberta Dam Safety
Phone: 780-422-1355
Email: [email protected]