Canada Water Agency creation embraced by Canadian municipalities

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cities ready to compete to staff new federal jobs, spur research

The Canadian federal government will create a new water management agency announced Gov. Gen. Julie Payette to parliamentarians in the speech from the throne on Wednesday, September 23.

The Canada Water Agency will ‘manage waters, which had previously been managed by the now defunct Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Agency.” The government will also work to identify “opportunities to build more resilient water and irrigation infrastructure,” said Payette.

Regina, SK Mayor Michael Fougere voiced support for the creation of the Canada Water Agency (CWA) -- and related jobs centred in the prairie city. “Regina is perfect for the new agency and presents a new opportunity for the federal government to show commitment to Regina and the west.”

Also Sault Ste. Marie, ON Councillor Corey Gardi eagerly welcomes the new agency, especially one that would establish its itself “in the middle of the Great Lakes.” With a mandate to preserve and protect freshwater, he emphasized the prime location of the Canadian municipality on the St. Marys River, near three of the Great Lakes “and on the international border.”

The presence of post-secondary educational institutions and renowned research facilities – namely the Invasive Species Centre, Great Lakes Forestry Research Centre, and Ontario Forestry Research Institute (OFRI) – readily inspire relationships with the new water management agency.

Regardless of where CWA’s office will be located, while many public employees continue to work from home, the International Joint Commission (IJC) proffered a seven-page letter of advice on successfully “working across jurisdictional boundaries to help governments prevent and resolve water issues.”