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 The federal water policy is more than 25 years-old and badly outdated.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.
Canada needs to put water protection and water justice at the heart of all policies and practices affecting water sources and services. The government could take a step in that direction by recognizing water as a human right, a shared commons, and a public trust. Download the water chapter.