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Water policy in Canada is in a period of exciting change as provinces and territories develop and implement more comprehensive policy. The momentum that water policy in Canada is experiencing highlights the fundamental role water plays in the health of our environment, community and economy.

With this renewed focus on water comes an opportunity to address critical water policy development and influence government policy makers and decision makers. Water policy "windows of opportunity" can be challenging to exploit for the public, non-governmental organizations and academics and data to engage effectively in the public policy debate is limited.

The Living Water Policy Project wants to change that. Effective public engagement requires a clear understanding of the history of policy developments, gaps, and opportunities available across jurisdictions.

The project is a growing community that revolves around three primary objectives:
  1. Consolidate information on provincial, territorial and federal water policy relating to water quantity and quality;
  2. Improve the access to knowledge around Canadian water policy activities;
  3. Improve our collective ability to participate in the public policy dialogue on water.

For more information, contact the project manager, Elizabeth Hendriks at


The Living Water Policy Project (The Project) consists of a group of emerging water policy experts that have come together to improve the reliability and accessibility of information on provincial, territorial, and federal water policy. As Canadians who work within academia, government, environmental organizations, not-for-profit foundations, and advocacy organizations, we believe that the fragmented nature of Canadian water policy is a critical problem that inhibits effective management of our water. The consolidation of resources, initiatives and actions occurring across our country is therefore an important step forward in the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

The Project is currently housed with the Water Sustainability Project (WSP) at the University of Victoria. For more information see the POLIS Water Sustainability Project website.


We would like to acknowledge the Canadian Water Network, Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for their support.


The Living Water Policy Project is supported by and housed at the University of Victoria's POLIS Water Sustainability Project.

The Living Water Policy Project extends appreciation to all its members, partners and reviewers who worked hard to ensure the accuracy of the representation of the Provincial, Territorial, and Federal water policy landscape, all of whom are listed below.


Thank you to Emily Chedrawe, Natalie Crenna, and Danielle Hiltz for their time and effort in preparing the photo essays


To ensure the policy information found throughout this website is as relevant and useful as possible to users, various experts provided input during content development. In particular, we would like to thank Oliver Brandes, Norman Brandson, Pat Brooks, Dale Hjertaas, Heather Jirousek, Dee Karadag, Diane Kent-Gillis, Marc Hudon, Dr. Haseen Khan, Arlene Kwasnia, Pat Lang, Brenda Lucus, David McKenna, Jane McMullen, Tim Morris, Ross Nairne, Irené Novaczek, Linda Nowlan, Jessica M. Paterson, Ralph Pentland, Merrell-Ann Phare, Dr. Abdel-Zaher Abdel-Razek, Jason Unger, and Garth Vanderkamp.

We would like to thank the Forum for Leadership on Water for their guidance and insight during the research of the content and development of this website.


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