Minister Goodale opens Prairie Water Summit
“To see meaningful growth and prosperity on the Prairies, we need to secure both the quantity and the quality of the water. Our goal is to ensure that cities and towns, Indigenous communities, farms, and industry get the water security they need to thrive.”
- The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada
“Weather patterns are becoming increasingly more severe and unpredictable, as we see more storms and larger floods, and longer droughts with larger wildfires that affect people and communities. The Government of Canada will work with all parties to find the best ways of managing the water available to us, and building the infrastructure necessary to provide for water quality and quantity that will serve the residents of the Prairies in future years.”
- The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Floods, droughts and fires have caused damages adding up to billions of dollars across the Prairies in recent years, and the insurance industry expects that this pattern of losses will continue to intensify.
South central and southeast Saskatchewan have experienced intermittent water management and water quality challenges, as well as periodic seasonal flooding. According to some estimates, water demand from municipal, industrial, and agricultural users in this region could exceed supply in the near future.
The Prairies-based and water-dependent plant protein industry is expected to make a $4.5 billion dollar impact and create 4,500 jobs over the next 10 years.
Director, Policy, Planning and External Relations
Western Economic Diversification Canada
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