Blue Communities


Blue Community Logo The Blue Communities Project encourages municipalities and Indigenous communities to support the idea of a water commons framework, recognizing that water is a shared resource for all, by passing resolutions that:

  1. Recognize water and sanitation as human rights.
  2. Ban or phase out the sale of bottled water in municipal facilities and at municipal events.
  3. Promote publicly financed, owned, and operated water and wastewater services.

The Council of Canadians, the Blue Planet Project and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) initiated the Blue Communities Project in 2009. Eau Secours is a partner on the Blue Communities Project in Quebec. The Blue Communities movement has grown internationally with Paris, France, Bern, Switzerland and other municipalities around the world going “blue.” Schools, religious communities and faith-based groups have also adopted principles that treat water as a common good that is shared by everyone and is the responsibility of all.

Here are some answers to commonly asked questions about the Blue Communities Project.

Montreal and McGill University becoming Blue Communities on World Water Day 2019!

We invite you to become a part of the local and global movement for water security and justice by joining the Blue Communities Project – a joint initiative that furthers the work of local Water Watch coalitions across the country.

Learn what you can do as a community activist, public sector worker or municipal councillor to help protect the water commons – our shared water resources – in the face of increasing pressure to put water up for sale and privatize water services.

Map of Blue Communities:

Official Blue Communities:

Location Date Sort ascending Designation
Neustrelitz, Germany
University of Zurich
North Grenville, Ontario
Saint-Cléophas-de-Brandon, Quebec
Hamburg, Germany
Huron College, London, Ontario
Gato de Gorgos, Spain
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
Saint-Gabriel, Quebec
Büdingen, Germany
Biedenkopf, Germany
Le Domaine-du-Roy Regional County Municipality, Quebec (7 communities)
Saint-Paulin, Quebec
Dietikon, Switzerland
Saint-Élie-de-Caxton (Mauricie), Quebec
Universidad de Leon, Spain
London, Ontario
Philipps University of Marburg, Germany
Brescia University College, Ontario
Candiac, Quebec
Otterburn Park, Quebec
Cégep de Saint-Jérôme, Quebec
Vancouver, British Columbia
Oka, Quebec
Prévost, Quebec
Lavaltrie, Quebec
Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs Endorsement
Mandeville, Quebec
Saint-Alexis-des-Monts, Quebec
Cornwall, Prince Edward Island
Asociación de Acueductos Comunitarios de Tasco -ASOACCTASCO, Colombia
Unión de APRs cuenca río Petorca, Chile
Acueducto de Cascajo, Marinilla, Colombia
Saint-Félix-de-Kingsey, Quebec
Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A
Saint-Félix-de-Valois, Quebec
Roberval, Quebec
Plessisville, Quebec
Kempten, Germany
Stratford, Prince Edward Island
Gossau St. Gallen, Switzerland
Victoriaville, Quebec
Saint-Fulgence, Quebec
La Commission scolaire de Montréal (CSDM), Quebec
Richmond, Quebec
Jericho House, Youth Leadership, Justice & Spirituality Centre, Niagara Region, Ontario
Monseigneur-A.-M.-Parent High School, Saint-Hubert, Quebec
Trois-Rivières, Quebec
Augsburg, Germany
Medina Sidonia, Spain
Thermaikos, Greece
McGill University, Quebec
Mòstoles, Spain
Javea, Spain
City of Montreal, Quebec
Nicolet, Quebec
Town of Danville, Quebec
Cádiz, Spain
Sisters of Mercy of Newfoundland
Marburg, Germany
Thessaloniki, Greece
Reformed Church of Nydeggkirche, Bern
AEOPAS (a national Spanish network), Blue Communities Ambassador
Berlin, Germany
Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Canada
EYATH in Thessaloniki, Blue Community Ambassador
Munich, Germany
Northampton, Massachusetts
World Council of Churches
University of St.Gallen, Switzerland
City of St.Gallen, Switzerland
Evangelisch-Reformierte Kirchgemeinde Spiez
Federal University of Lavras, Brazil
Paris, France
District of Lunenburg, NS
Thunder Bay, ON
Tsal'alh, St’át’imc Territory
Bayfield, ON
Tay Township, ON
Cambuquira, Brazil
The City of Bern, Switzerland
Evangelisch-reformierte Kirchgemeinde Bern-Johannes Church, Switzerland
Thorold, ON
Welland, ON
Comox, B.C.
Cumberland, B.C.
Nanaimo, B.C.
St. Catharines, ON
Niagara Falls, ON
North Vancouver, B.C.
Ajax, ON
Kingston, ON
Tiny Township, ON
Victoria, B.C.
Burnaby, B.C.