Protecting Canada’s Fresh Water

Current status: open

Open for comments from May 13, 2020 to March 1, 2021.

Share your ideas about current and future freshwater management challenges in Canada and the role a new Canada Water Agency could play in keeping our freshwater resources safe, clean and well-managed for generations to come.

How to participate

Complete our online survey

On December 17, 2020, the Government of Canada released the Discussion Paper “Toward the Creation of a Canada Water Agency,” available at Protecting Canada’s Fresh Water participation page. The Discussion Paper presents key issues for consideration in the Government of Canada's approach to creating a Canada Water Agency.

Each discussion issue in the paper is accompanied by a set of questions. To provide your responses to these questions, use our online survey tool.

Public feedback on this Discussion Paper will be accepted until March 1, 2021 and incorporated into a What We Heard Report that will be shared after the public engagement process.

Register for an event

Visit the Events section of our PlaceSpeak consultation site to participate in planned national and regional freshwater forums.

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Consultation goal

The Government of Canada, through Environment and Climate Change Canada and support from Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, is seeking public input on freshwater challenges in Canada and how a Canada Water Agency can further protections for Canada’s freshwater resources.

Over the course of this consultation, we will be publishing discussion aids and posing specific questions on our PlaceSpeak site to find out what Canadians would like to see in this new Agency and how we can further protections for Canada’s most important resource.

Who is the focus of this consultation

All Canadians are invited to participate in this consultation. We especially want to hear from:

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