Water Canada: CCME Adopts Canada-Wide Vision for Water

From: Water Canada (formerly Canadian Water Treatment)  

Federal, provincial and territorial ministers met in Kingston at the end of October 2009 and endorsed a Canada-wide strategic vision for water, which outlines how Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) will help ensure that Canadians have access to clean, safe and sufficient water to meet their needs in ways that also maintain the integrity of ecosystems.

“Protecting Canada’s clean and safe water supply is the top priority for all provincial and territorial Environment Ministers,” said Saskatchewan Environment Minister Nancy Heppner in a press release. “Since our rivers, streams and lakes transcend the borders of provinces and territories, a coordinated plan through CCME is the most effective and efficient approach.”

Ministers also supported a Canada-wide water efficiency labeling program, agreed to earlier this year by the Council of the Federation. Water efficiency labeling supports the conservation and wise use of water under CCME’s Strategic Directions for Water

Ministers also reaffirmed their commitment to further collaborative efforts to address a number of issues including nutrient loading in Canadian waters, the valuation of water-based natural capital, and developing a better understanding of groundwater resources and management.

Strategic Directions for Water goals: 

  • GOAL 1 : Aquatic ecosystems are protected on a sustainable watershed basis
  • GOAL 2 : The conservation and wise use of water is promoted
  • GOAL 3 : Water quality and water quantity management is improved,
    benefitting human and ecosystem health
  • GOAL 4 : Climate change impacts are reduced through adaptive strategies
  • GOAL 5 : Knowledge about the state of Canada’s water is developed and shared
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