Ottawa River watershed study: Closed consultation

From: Environment and Climate Change Canada

Current status: Closed

This consultation ran from January 25, 2018 to April 27, 2018.
We are analyzing the input.  Visit PlaceSpeak to review the summary storyboards.

This study is gathering current knowledge about the Ottawa River watershed, and how best to protect, manage and conserve it, in response to Private Member’s Motion M-104, which was passed by the House of Commons in May 2017.

Who was the focus of this consultation

The Government of Canada engaged with:

  • Canadians living in the watershed or relying on the watershed
  • Indigenous People who live within or near the watershed
  • Non-government organizations
  • Businesses and Industry associations
  • Academics and researchers
  • Diverse groups representing identity factors like gender, race, ethnicity, religion, age, mental or physical disability
  • Other interested citizens

Key questions for discussion

Ideas and input were sought around the following questions:

  • What is your main connection to the Ottawa River Watershed?
  • What do you value most about it?
  • Do you have any specific concerns about this watershed?
  • Is there something happening in the Ottawa River watershed that we need to know about for this study?
  • What is needed to assist those involved in managing the watershed to collaborate more effectively? 
  • Should a new collaborative body be created to manage the Ottawa River watershed?
  • How should historical, cultural, natural and economic values be represented in watershed governance?
  • Are there existing citizen science initiatives we should be aware of?
  • Motion M-104 identifies some themes for assessing and monitoring the health of the Ottawa River watershed.  Are there other themes or specific indicators that should be considered?
  • Where are the information gaps related to the health of the Ottawa River watershed?

The input gathered through this process will be used to develop options for how best to manage, protect and conserve this watershed.

Contact us

Ottawa River Watershed Study
Environment and Climate Change Canada
200 Sacré-Coeur Blvd, FON-1318
Gatineau QC K1A 0H3


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