Fresh Water

We will keep Canada’s fresh water safe and clean, even in a changing climate.

No resource is more important to people than fresh, clean water – our lives and livelihoods depend on it. At the same time, the serious and damaging effects of climate change – from storms and floods to wildfires and droughts – threaten our ability to properly manage this precious resource.

To ensure that Canada is better prepared to protect and manage our fresh water in a changing climate, we will move forward with a new Canada Water Agency. The Agency will work together with the provinces and territories, Indigenous communities, local authorities, scientists, and others to find the best ways to keep our water safe, clean, and well-managed.

We will also continue to move forward with greater protection for the Great Lakes – the largest body of fresh water on Earth – and other large lakes like Lake Winnipeg.