This document is the Nutrient Management Protocol ("Protocol")
which is referred to in the Regulation made under the Nutrient
Management Act 2002, S.O. 2002. It provides technical and
scientific details and standards that are complementary to and
in addition to those set out in the Regulation. Using this Protocol
will be useful in developing and implementing nutrient management
strategies and nutrient management plans that comply with regulatory
1.1 Terminology and Context
"Prescribed materials" are materials from agricultural and non-agricultural
sources that are intended to be applied to land as nutrients other
than a commercial fertilizer or compost that meets the Ministry
of the Environment Interim Guidelines for the Production and Use
of Anaerobic Compost in Ontario, 1991: Regulation, Part 1.
"Nutrients" are applied to land to improve the growing of crops
and can be prescribed materials, commercial fertilizers and compost.
NMA Act, section 2.
A "nutrient management strategy" (NMS) describes the generation,
storage and destination of prescribed materials. Generators (those
who generate a prescribed material), who are captured by the phase-in
requirements of the regulation, must complete a nutrient management
strategy for the farm unit or non-agricultural operation for the
prescribed materials generated or received in the course of the
operation: Regulation, Part 2.
A "nutrient management plan" (NMP) describes for the nutrients
received, or applied on the land, the management of the nutrients.
If you own or control land to which nutrients are applied, and
you are captured by the phase-in requirements of the regulation,
then you must complete a nutrient management plan: Regulation,
Note for agricultural operations: it is possible for the
operation to generate prescribed materials and apply them to land
so the operators will be required to develop both a nutrient management
strategy and a nutrient management plan. This is discussed in
more detail later in this Protocol.
1.2 Regulated Operations
The Regulation applies to operations that generate, store or
use, or transport prescribed materials, as well as commercial
fertilizers that are used in crop production, that are captured
by the phase-in requirements of the regulation.
The following operations are captured by the phase-in requirements
of the Regulation.