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. CCME’s current priority for water is to reduce climate change impacts on water systems.

Current work includes:

  • sharing best practices for building and maintaining resilient water systems 
  • developing guidance for managing harmful cyanobacterial algal blooms and mats in inland waters, in a changing climate
  • monitoring implementation of the Canada-wide Strategy for the Management of Municipal Wastewater Effluent, which was endorsed by ministers in 2009.

View progress on the municipal wastewater effluent strategy