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Budget 2017—Seven Areas of Interest for the Water Sector

Posted on March 22, 2017
Although Budget 2017 was ambiguous on tax reform, it did include a significant focus on innovation. From the $1.4 billion of new capital for cleantech and promise of a new approach to procurement, to the commitment and new investments in green infrastructure and smart cities—Budget 2017 proposes some great opportunities for the water sector. Here's seven areas of note: 1. Infrastructure—Communities build for change Budget 2017 asserts a bold goal for water: “Clean drinking water for every Canadian, no matter where they live.” More specifically, it proposes to: Make available $400 million over three years through the [...]

Statistics Canada Reports on Canada's Renewable Freshwater and Water Use

Posted on March 21, 2017
A new study from the Canada's national statistics agency shows that Canada is blessed with a wealth of water resources and that Canadians are doing more to conserve freshwater. The report released today offers the most up-to-date and comprehensive assessment of the depth of renewable freshwater resources for each of Canada's 25 drainage regions, as well as the latest summary of industrial and household use. Water availability in Canada Statistics Canada reported, "Canada's average annual water yield—an estimate of the country's supply of renewable freshwater—is so large that there is enough water to approximate a one-minute [...]

Groundwater Sustainability Assessment Guidance for Canadians

Posted on March 21, 2017
Groundwater is the primary source of water for almost ten million Canadians. It is critical to human health, to important aspects of the economy, and to the viability of many ecosystems. With the interests of Canadians in mind, the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) has developed and tested an approach for assessing the sustainability of groundwater resources at a local, regional or Canada-wide scale. The resulting Groundwater Sustainability Assessment Approach (GSAA), is a high-level framework that can be interpreted for application across various scales, locations and circumstances. To support the use of [...]

RBC Study Shows Public Support for Municipal Action on Water

Posted on March 20, 2017
There is good news for Canadian municipalities in the RBC Canadian Water Attitudes Study. Canadians strongly support the safeguarding of their water. As Canadian municipalities continue to upgrade, invest, and innovate in water systems and resource management, they won’t face a challenge in having a citizen mandate to do so. But the study also found that Canadians are unsure of how these systems are paid for and are unclear about the role they play in conserving water resources. According to the study, Canadians prioritize drinking water infrastructure second only to hospitals, with 31 per cent of respondents saying drinking [...]

Tenth Edition of the RBC Water Attitudes Study Reveals Impact of a Decade of Investment in Freshwater

Posted on March 20, 2017
In its tenth year, the 2017 Canadian Water Attitudes Study was released by RBC today providing an in-depth examination of how Canadians think, feel, and act regarding our fresh water. As part of RBC’s 10-year global commitment to help protect freshwater resources in Canada, the Water Attitudes Survey serves as both a benchmark of progress made and barometer of the freshwater issues that matter most to Canadians. Robert Haller, executive director of the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association commented on the fact that, in addition to being released during Canadian Water Week, the survey comes in time for the next federal budget [...]

New Funding for Municipal Climate Change Adaptation, Flooding

Posted on March 16, 2017
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has made available new funding for municipalities to undertake plans and studies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and adapt to climate change and extreme weather conditions, including for flood resilience and wastewater services. Municipalities have influence over roughly half of Canada's GHG emissions, and they are already modelling some of the most innovative green initiatives in the country. With this new funding, municipal leadership on climate change and resilience will be enhanced for the benefit of Canadians and their communities. Clark Somerville, president of FCM [...]

Canada-Ontario Release Draft Action Plan for Addressing Algal Blooms in Lake Erie

Posted on March 10, 2017
The Governments of Canada and Ontario have released a draft action plan that will help to reduce high amounts of phosphorus and the growth of toxic and nuisance algae in Lake Erie. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change said, "We intrinsically understand its importance, and we all have a reason to be invested in its protection. I encourage Canadians, especially those within the Great Lakes Basin, to participate in these consultations that will inform our collaborative actions to protect Lake Erie." The plan acknowledges that reducing the amount of phosphorus entering Lake Erie is the best way to minimize [...]

Risk Reduction Summit Tackles Regional Climate Change Preparedness

Posted on March 10, 2017
The Fifth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas (RP17) concluded this week, which focused on regional policies for preventing natural and human-induced hazards, such as those exacerbated by climate change like flood, drought, and wildfire. At RP17, delegates gathered to approve a Regional Action Plan (RAP) to meet the United Nations (UN) Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030 commitments. RP17 came after a year that has thrown the spotlight squarely on risk in the Americas in the wake of events such as Louisiana’s catastrophic 2016 flooding, the Fort McMurray wildfire in Alberta, which [...]

Endress+Hauser Partners with Gerrie Electric for IoT

Posted on March 10, 2017
On March 1st, Endress+Hauser, a global leader in process measurement and instrumentation, concluded an agreement with Gerrie Electric that makes the independent electrical distributor its latest Authorized Channel Partner. The move, which leverages the strategic relationship between Rockwell Automation and Endress+Hauser Canada Ltd., is a major development in the process automation sector in Canada. “The evolution to Industrie 4.0 and Industrial Internet of Things offers limitless opportunity for Canadian companies,” said Anthony Varga, CEO and general manager at Endress+Hauser. “Thanks to the strength of our partnership with [...]

Canada Releases New Floodplain Mapping Framework

Posted on March 7, 2017
In Canada, overland flooding costs the Canadian economy more than any other kind of natural hazard. It is the single largest draw on the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements (DFAA). In an effort to improve Canada's resiliency to flooding, the federal government has released the first of a series of guidelines for provinces and communities as a resource for floodplain mapping projects and activities undertaken across Canada. Floodplain mapping identifies the boundaries of a potential flood event under different scenarios. Understanding and strengthening floodplain mapping is critical to support informed decisions and investments [...]
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