The Council of Canadians congratulates the City of Montreal and McGill University for becoming Blue Communities on World Water Day, March 22, 2019. Montreal joins more than 40 Blue Communities around the world, including major cities such as Paris, Berlin and Victoria. McGill University becomes the fourth university in the world to obtain this certification.
The Blue Communities Project encourages municipalities and Indigenous communities to support the idea of a water commons framework, acknowledging that water is a shared resource for all. They do this by passing resolutions that recognize water and sanitation as human rights, ban or phase out the sale of bottled water in municipal facilities and at municipal events, and promote publicly financed, owned and operated water and wastewater services.
The United Nations passed resolutions confirming the human rights to water and sanitation in 2010. This requires governments to implement these rights and ensure access to safe, clean water and sanitation services.