Last year the federal government announced the creation of a Canadian Water Authority dedicated to finding the best ways to ensure the safety, cleanliness and wise management of this rich natural resource.
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We believe the creation of this agency is excellent news for the ecosystem of Canada’s water and environmental organizations, and we applaud the government’s initiative. We are also convinced that the greater Montreal area is the ideal place to welcome him.
Why in Quebec?
Quebec is an emblematic and globally recognized province in terms of water conservation. The Territory of Quebec holds 3% of the world’s freshwater reserves and nearly 40% of this water is concentrated in the St. Lawrence River Divide, also known as Quebec, and the real engine of our social and economic development. Its importance is paramount as 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 the jobs it creates.
The Saint Lawrence River is a powerful symbol of Quebec, but also of Canada. It is a fundamental 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. Emissary of the Great Lakes basin, which contains about 20% of all fresh water on our planet, it connects the latter to the Atlantic Ocean via the Saint Lawrence Sea Route.
The St. Lawrence River is a vital source of fresh water and provides opportunities for trade, recreation, and cultural exchange.
Why Greater Montreal?
With the only container port on the Saint Lawrence River, the maritime industry that supports it, numerous companies specializing in the field of water, a productive educational sector based mainly on four universities, each with a chair in water research, and The Greater Montreal region is a rich pool of local, regional, national, and international organizations dedicated to protecting water and the environment, and has a rich ecosystem of trade and environmental actors. These make the region a central and strategic hub for the exploitation and protection of this trail and the resource that nourishes it.
For all these reasons, the Greater Montreal area is the most appropriate place to host the Canadian Water Agency’s headquarters. All key stakeholders in Montreal and Quebec will provide the agency with access to their resources, collaboration, expertise and most importantly their commitment to protecting Canada’s water. The expertise of Quebec organizations, including those headquartered in Montreal, is rich, as is their commitment to protecting and preserving our freshwater resources and our inland waters.
We are therefore asking the Canadian government to join this important mobilization of stakeholders across Quebec and take the necessary steps to allow the Greater Montreal region to host the Canadian Water Agency’s headquarters.
* Co-signatories: Dominique Monchamp, Director General of the Gaspé Beaubien Foundation; Jean-Éric Turcotte, General Manager of Strategies Saint-Laurent; Mathieu Laneuville, President and CEO of Réseau Environnement; Karine Dauphin, executive director of the Association of Watershed Organizations of Quebec (ROBVQ); Michel Leblanc, President and CEO of the Montreal Metropolitan Committee of Commerce (CCMM); Madeleine Paquin, President and CEO of LOGISTEC Corporation; Julie Ruiz, President of the Quebec Network on Groundwater (RQES); Jean-Paul Raîche, Co-President of the Quebec Network on Groundwater (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 (OIDN); Sylvain Lafrance, CEO of Innovation Maritime; 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 the Fondation Rivières; François Gagnon, Director General and CEO of the École de technologie supérieure (ETS)