Canada's freshwater quality in a global context

Canada had the second-best water-quality ranking among selected industrialized countries based on the Environmental Performance Index (EPI). Canada ranked ninth overall among the 157 countries assessed.

Water quality rankings of selected industrialized countries according to the 2010 Environmental Performance Index

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Long description

The bar graph portrays the water quality rankings of the Environmental Performance Index for selected industrialized countries from poor (0) to good (100). Sweden ranked highest (96.2), followed in order by Canada (93.1), Japan (87.8), France (86.5), Russia (82.4), Italy (82.2), United Kingdom (81.6), Germany (78.6), United States (77.5) and Australia (61.7).

Data for this chart
Water quality rankings of selected industrialized countries according to the 2010 Environmental Performance Index
Country Environmental Performance Index water quality rating
Australia 61.7
United States of America 77.5
Germany 78.6
United Kingdom 81.6
Italy 82.2
Russia 82.4
France 86.5
Japan 87.8
Canada 93.1
Sweden 96.2

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How this indicator was calculated

Note: The Environmental Performance Index of water quality is calculated using the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment's Water Quality Index and is based on different water quality parameters and guidelines than the Canadian Environmental Sustainability Indicators (CESI) national freshwater indicator. Care should be taken when comparing these data to the CESI freshwater indicator because it is challenging to develop assessments of environmental quality at the international level based on comparable and sufficient data collection.
Source: The Environmental Performance Index Water Quality Indicator. For more information, please consult the document Canada's freshwater quality in a global context indicator: data sources and methods document.

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