Canadian Water Agency | Greater Montreal, the logical choice

Last year, the federal government announced the creation of a Canadian Water Agency dedicated to finding the best ways to ensure the safety, cleanliness and proper management of this rich natural resource.

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Francois de Gaspe Beaubien

Francois de Gaspe Beaubien
Chairman of the AquaAction Board and 17 other signatories*

We believe that the creation of this agency is excellent news for Canada’s ecosystem of water and environmental organizations, and we welcome the government’s initiative. We are also convinced that the Montreal metropolitan area is the ideal place to welcome you.

Why in Quebec?

Quebec is an emblematic and globally recognized province in terms of water protection. The territory of Quebec has 3% of the world’s freshwater reserves and about 40% of this water is concentrated in the Saint Lawrence River basin, also known as Quebec, and the true engine of our social and economic development. Its importance is paramount, since it drains more than 25% of the world’s freshwater reserves and millions of Canadians depend on it for their daily lives, both for the drinking water it provides and for the jobs it generates.

The Saint Lawrence River is a strong symbol of Quebec, but also of Canada. It is a critical trade corridor for our country and, indeed, for all of North America. It allows us, both for import and export, to exchange goods, our know-how, our culture and much more. Being an outfall of the Great Lakes basin, which contains approximately 20% of all fresh surface water on our planet, it connects the latter with the Atlantic Ocean through the Saint Lawrence Seaway.

The Saint Lawrence River is a source of fresh water essential to our lives, as well as providing opportunities for commerce, recreation, and cultural exchange.

Why Greater Montreal?

With the presence of the only container port on the St. Lawrence, the maritime industry that supports it, numerous companies specialized in the field of water, a prolific academic sector based mainly on four universities, all of them holding a chair in water research , and a rich group of local, regional, national and international organizations dedicated to water and environmental protection, the Greater Montreal region has a rich ecosystem of business and environmental players. These make the region a central and strategic axis for the use and protection of this trail and the resource that feeds it.

It is for all these reasons that the Montreal metropolitan area is the most appropriate place to host the headquarters of the Canadian Water Agency. All major players in Montreal and Quebec will give the Agency access to their resources, their collaboration, their expertise and, above all, their commitment to protecting Canada’s water. The experience of Quebec organizations, including those based in Montreal, is rich, as is their dedication to the protection and conservation of our freshwater resources and inland waters.

Therefore, we ask the Government of Canada to join this important mobilization of actors throughout Quebec and to take the necessary measures so that the Greater Montreal region can host the headquarters of the Canadian Water Agency.

* Co-signatories: Dominique Monchamp, General Manager of the Gaspé Beaubien Foundation; Jean-Éric Turcotte, CEO of Strategies Saint-Laurent; Mathieu Laneuville, President and CEO of Réseau Environnement; Karine Dauphin, Executive Director of the Quebec Association of River Basin Organizations (ROBVQ); Michel Leblanc, President and CEO of the Montreal Metropolitan Region Board of Trade (CCMM); Madeleine Paquin, President and CEO of LOGISTEC Corporation; Julie Ruiz, president of the Quebec Groundwater Network (RQES); Jean-Paul Raîche, co-president of the Quebec Groundwater Network (RQES); Catherine Trudelle, Acting Director of the Quebec Intersectoral Flood Network (RIISQ); Françoise Bruaux, director of the Sud-de-l’Estuaire ZIP Committee; Yenny Vega Cárdenas, President of the International Observatory for the Rights of Nature (IODN); Sylvain Lafrance, Director General of Maritime Innovation; Louise Corriveau, Executive Director of the Lac Saint-Pierre ZIP Committee; Dany Dumont, Director of the Quebec Maritime Network (RQM); Daniele Luigi Pinti, director of Geotop; Alain Saladzius, co-founder and chairman of the board of directors of Fondation Rivières; François Gagnon, General Director and CEO of the École de technologie supérieure (ETS)

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