Healthy Great Lakes

With funding from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) officially launched the Healthy Great Lakes program in December 2016.

CELA identified a need to enhance the capacity of organizations working to influence freshwater policy in Ontario and has been working to engage a broad network of individuals and organizations in understanding, shaping, effectively implementing, and making use of laws and policies that promote freshwater health in the Great Lakes – St Lawrence River Basin.

How You Can Engage on Water - Action Alerts & Law Reform Efforts

Make your voice heard on important freshwater issues,  learn about law reforms efforts to protect water, and take action.

Law Reform: Safe Drinking Water for All

Law Reform: Safe Drinking Water for All 18% of people in Ontario don’t have sufficient legal protections for their drinking water.  That’s over 2.6 million people whose water is at risk of contamination – from sewage works, landfills, manure application,

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Law Reform: Ontario’s Clean Water Act

Law Reform: Ontario’s Clean Water Act The final recommendations of the Walkerton Inquiry, held in response to the drinking water contamination tragedy there in May of 2000, described the protection of drinking water sources – source water protection – as

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How Your Organization Can Engage on Water

Water Drop(In)

Quarterly in-depth discussions amongst water champions about important freshwater policy topics

Water Conversations

Quarterly in-depth discussions amongst water champions about important freshwater policy topics

Great Lakes - On The Blog

Blog: Freshwater Highlights From Budget 2022

On April 7, 2022, the Government of Canada released the budget for 2022-2023, “A Plan to Grow Our Economy and Make Life More Affordable.”

The budget contains several proposals and updates on federal freshwater programs. Highlights include: clean drinking water for First Nations communities, freshwater protections, and monitoring of plastic waste in water systems. 

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Submissions, Publications & Resources

Healthy Waters and Sustainable Planning

Given cumulative assaults on regional forests and wetlands as well as the deterioration in local water quality and aquatic and amphibian species, a valid question arises: Is Ontario’s current system of land use planning protecting our waters?

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Webinars, Presentations & Events

Healthy Waters and Sustainable Planning

Given cumulative assaults on regional forests and wetlands as well as the deterioration in local water quality and aquatic and amphibian species, a valid question arises: Is Ontario’s current system of land use planning protecting our waters?

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