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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 Environment and Protected Areas 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


Connect with the 24-Hour Response Line to report an environmental emergency or complaint:

Toll free: 1-800-222-6514

Connect with the Dam Safety Office if you have questions about dam safety:

Phone: 780-422-1355
Email: [email protected]

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