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