Canada's freshwater quality partners and agreements

Preserving the health of Canadian waters is a responsibility shared by different organizations across Canada and in the United States. This shared responsibility favorites the collaboration with many different partners to deliver our programs effectively .

Partners in program delivery

Federal-Provincial-Territorial Agreements on Water Quality Monitoring

The objectives of federal-provincial water quality monitoring agreements, based on the original agreement with Quebec in 1983, were to achieve a long term commitment for the acquisition of water quality data, to obtain comparable, scientifically sound water quality data that are reliable for the purposes of water resource management, and to disseminate timely information on water quality to the public, government agencies, industry and the scientific community. Five federal-provincial water quality monitoring agreements are active today:

  • the Canada-British Columbia Water Quality Monitoring Agreement, signed in 1985;
  • the Canada-Manitoba Water Quality Monitoring Agreement, signed in 1988;
  • the Canada-New Brunswick Water Quality Monitoring Agreement, signed in 1988 and harmonized in 1995;
  • the Canada-Newfoundland Water Quality Monitoring Agreement, signed in 1986;
  • the Canada-Prince Edward Island Water Agreement, signed 1989 and renewed in 2001.

Other agreements and memoranda of understanding

Other forms of agreements exist to establish partnership for the monitoring of water quality in Canada:

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