Water is vital to people’s health and livelihoods, but in Canada, there is no national strategy to address urgent water issues and no federal leadership to conserve and protect our water. The federal water policy is more than 25 years-old and badly outdated. Highly intensive industrial uses, agribusiness and pollution are having massive impacts on Canada’s water. It is time for the federal government to implement a comprehensive National Water Policy that recognizes water as part of the commons – a vital resource that is available to all – a public trust and a human right. Read more about a National Water Policy.
With the country facing significant and unpredictable headwinds going into another federal election year, the 2019 Alternative Federal Budget (AFB) shows that Canada can boost competitiveness and encourage innovation by investing in people, not by giving corporations more tax cuts. The Council of Canadians contributed the Water chapter.