Water is an essential natural resource that shapes regional landscapes and is vital for human well-being and ecosystem functioning.

Management of water in Canada has evolved in response to the changing demands placed on water, as well as to growing awareness of the effects of human activities on the aquatic environment. Water management continues to be a priority for governments.

CCME is implementing a strategic vision for water endorsed by ministers in 2009 that Canadians have access to clean, safe and sufficient water to meet their needs in ways that also maintain the integrity of ecosystems.

Current priorities in support of that vision are to:

  • reduce climate change impacts on water systems and protect and restore aquatic ecosystems through adaptive strategies
  • engage more Canadians in the shared responsibility of protecting aquatic ecosystems and water management
  • improve water quality and water quantity management to protect ecosystem health and water uses, including developing science-based water quality guidelines.

CCME is also monitoring implementation of the Canada-wide Strategy for the Management of Municipal Wastewater Effluent, which was endorsed by ministers in February 2009.

View progress on the municipal wastewater effluent strategy