Canadian Resources & Links

Instructions:  To find links to helpful Canadian resources used for our studies on Water, Housing, Women’s Health, etc., click on the accordion (+) below.  Dates are in descending order.

There are some excellent resources on the topic of water, and we feature some of them here:

News about Polis Project – Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services – Report on the Budget 2020 Consultation

Conserving Water and Energy for Climate Change:         

            Towards Watershed Security: The Role of water in modernized land use

              planning in B.C.

Letter to NCWC Members on “How to use and conserve water and energy”

NCWC 2020 Survey on Climate Change Water and Energy Use

Instructions on How to fill and sign a document in Adobe Acrobat

A Watershed Security Fund for BC – Position Paper from POLIS Water Sustainability Project – January 2020

Polis Project – Released recently, the Handbook for Water  Champions: Strengthening Decision-Making and Collaboration for Healthy Watersheds is a practical guide intended for local groups, collaborative organizations, and Indigenous and Crown governments seeking to better understand watershed governance. 

Polis Project on Ecological Governance, watersustainability project, University of Victoria, Centre for Global Studies POLIS Water Sustainability Project – Fall 2018 News\

Polis Project on Ecological Governance, watersustainabilityproject, University of Victoria, Centre for Global Studies POLIS Water Sustainability Project – Fall 2017 News

A River Runs North – Managing an International River.Gene Krenz.Jay Leitch. Red River Resources Council.1993.Addendum Prepared by the Red River Water Resources Council 1998

Revised Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement of 1978, as Amended by Protocol, signed November 18th 1987 and Consolidated by the International Joint commission , United States and Canada. Reprint 1994

Water : No Time to Waste ( L’Eau: Pas De Temps a Perdue) – A Consumers Guide to Water Conservation. Environment Canada.1990.1995 . ISBN 0-662-23049 . @ 1-800 668-6767

BLUE GOLD, The Global Water Crisis and the Commodification of the World’s Water Supply. A special Report issued by the International Forum on Globilization. Maude Barlow. Council of Canadians. June 1999 @ 1-800-387- 7177

The Great Lakes Green Book. Summary of a Citizen’s Action Agenda For Restoring the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Ecosystem. Co-ordinated by Great Lakes United .June 2003. e-mail: glu@glu.org

U.S Leaders comit to Great Lakes Restoration. Great Lakes News. Summer 2003.

GBA UPDATE.GBA gets meeting with IJC Commissioners after U.S. Chair sees impact of low water. The Georgian Bay Association.Fall/Winter 2003/04.@ phone: 416-507-2151

Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Study Background Document. Transport Canada and U.S. Corps of Engineers. May 2004. Phone Marc Fortin at 613 998-1843

Final Report to the International Joint Commission . International Missiquoi Bay Task Force. October 20, 2004

Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Study.Report on Stakeholder Engagement. February, 2005.St. Lawrence Economic Development Council (SODES) and the Great Lakes Commission (Note on page 36, there is a very brief synthesis of NCWC comments)

The Great Lakes beach walking case & Granhom’s Water Legacy Act. GREAT LAKES. Magazine of the Michigan Land Use Institute. Bulletin.Issue 20.Spring 2005.

Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Study. May 2005.

Red River Basin, Natural Resources Framework Plan. Red River Basin Commission. May 2005. e-mail: redriverbasincommission@shawcable.com

Fact Sheets, Great Lakes Charter Annex Agreements .Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. June 30th, 2005 a) History of the Great Lakes Charter Annex Implementing Agreements b) Summary of the Revised Great Lakes Charter Annex Agreements c) Technical Fact Sheets: Enhancing Great Lakes Protections Through Revised Draft Charter Agreements d) How Decisions Would be Made on Proposed Water Uses e) Comparison of Draft Great Lakes Charter Annex Agreements Released in 2004 and Revised Draft Agreements Released in 2005 . Call Paula Thomson, 705 755 1218

Water in the West: Under Pressure. Fourth Interim Report pf the Standing Senate committee on energy, the environment and Natural Resources. November 2005.Call: 613-993-9021.

Restoring the Health of Lake Winnipeg, Canada’s Sixth Great Lake. A report by the Lake Winnipeg Implementation Committee. November 2005

Synthesis of Public Comment, on the forthcoming Review by the Federal Governments of Canada and the United States of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, a Report to the Governments of the United States and Canada. International Joint Commission January 2006. ( page 63 Margaret Jennings, President LCW Windsor) Hard copy and disk available at commission@windsor.ijc.org

News Release. Greencover Canada. On-Farm Funding for Climate Change and Water Supply Projects. Agriculture and Food Canada. September 20th 2006 From Media Relations 613 759 7972 or 1866-345-7972

Water Water Everywhere: but not a drop to drink. Arlene -Daffin Jones. page 5 PCWM Newsletter. Provincial Council of Women of Manitoba. April 2006.

Household Guide to Water Efficiency. Canada Mortgage and Housing 1-800-668-2642 .

Lake Winnipeg Foundation Newsletter. Vol. 2. May 2nd, 2006. available from P.O. Box 376 Matlock, Manitoba ROC 2B0.

Niagara Watershed Report Card 2006. Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority 905 788 3135. Niagara Region phone 905 -685-1571

Act for Canada’s Water. Canada needs a National Water Policy. Council of Canadians 2006 1-800-387-7177

A Response To Water In The West: Under Pressure, by the Senate Standing Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources. Canadian Water Resources Association. August 24, 2006

Eau Canada-The Future of Canada’s Water. A series of articles by water experts. Edited by Karen Bakker. UBC Press. 2007 Phone: 604-822-5959

Towards a Vision and Water Strategy for Canada. Pollution Probe. April 2007

Canadian Water: Towards a New Strategy (Conference at McGill University, March 25, 26 2010)

FLOW – A Forum for Leadership on Water

Leaflet. Watching Over Our Transboundary Environment from Coast to Coast. International Joint Commission Canada and United States.Phone: 519-257-6700 e-mail: commission@windsor.ijc.org

Celebrating World Water Day, POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, University of Victoria, Spring 2017 E-News

Ontario Water Conservation Alliance

Polis Project on Ecological Governance, watersustainabilityproject, University of Victoria, Centre for Global Studies POLIS Water Sustainability Project – Fall 2017 News

Polis Project on Ecological Governance, watersustainability project, University of Victoria, Centre for Global Studies POLIS Water Sustainability Project – Fall 2018 News

Petitcodiac River, New Brunswick- daniel.leblanc@petitcodiac.org;

Ottawa – keeper@ottawariverkeeper.ca

New Brunswick, Fundy Baykeeper-

Canadian Detroit Riverkeeper- KenClout@mnsi.net ;

Lake Ontario Riverkeeper- mark@waterkeeper.ca ;

Georgian Baykeeper- mmuter@sympatico.ca ;

Bow Riverkeeper- danielle@bowriver.org

Fraser Riverkeeper- chapman@fraserriverkeeper.ca ;

Gran Riverkeeper- cblake_rudkowski@hotmail.com

Waterwoman. Reasonable and Urgently Needed Steps to Protect Water in Canada .Dr. John Bacher (Phd) June 2003 ( for International Council of Women Triennial meeting) Updated September 1st, 2007, available from jrjanes@sympatico.ca

The Common Program for NCWC for 2003-2004 was on Housing for the Homeless.We feature some suggested sites here.

City of Toronto: Housing and Homelessness ReportCard for 2003. Did you know for example, there are 552,000 Toronto households with incomes below the poverty line. Report Card is at:

City of Ottawa –
Homelessness – Including the Ottawa action plan.

Ontario Tenant Toronto Tenants –
http://www.geocities.com/torontotenants/is a non-profit site that not only provides information on tenants’ legalrights, but on issues such as discrimination against women, youth and visible minorities, apartment security, housing studies and statistics and more.Ontario focus.

National Housing and Homelessness Network – Province-by-province…
Nine of ten fail to make the grade, May 15, 2002. Produced by Dawn, Ontario (DisAbled Women’s Network)

PovNet – The National Housing and Homelessness Network This site includes an extensive resource library on housing and homelessnessissues, alerts on new developments with a calendar of upcoming events

Winnipeg Housing and Homelessness Initiative | Province of Manitoba
The Winnipeg Housing and Homelessness Initiative (WHHI) is a three-year, multi-million dollar tripartite partnership established by the governments of Canada, Manitoba and the City of Winnipeg to address declining housing stock in designated inner city neighbourhoods in Winnipeg, and homelessness.

2003 Fact Sheet: Housing and Homelessness & Investing in Affordable Homes
Produced by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives for Ontario.
www.policyalternatives.ca/on/fs-housing.html  &

Housing Again
Lots of good information here – a site dedicated to putting affordable housing back on
the public agenda. … Reports – Includes events, alerts, links, discussion-Ontario focus.

Homelessness in Edmonton
– part of the City of Edmonton’s plan – 2002-2003


From the Status of Women Canada Web site
(March 2002) This report explores the causes, demographics and patterns of homelessness among young women (aged 12 to 24) in Canada.

Housing Policy Options for Women Living in Urban Poverty: An Action Research Project in Three Canadian Cities
Marge Reitsma-Street, Josie Schofield, Brishkai Lund, and Colleen Kasting

(February 2001) This research report documents the housing concerns of women who live on low incomes in Victoria, Regina and Saint-John, and proposes housing policy options for policy makers to consider in addressing these concerns.On Her Own: Young Women and Homelessness in Canada

Canadian Housing and Renewal Association with researchers Sylvia Novac, LubaSerge, Margaret Eberle and Joyce Brown
Both reports at: http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/

Listing of Government of Canada MP’s 
includes e-mail addresses, can be sorted by province

Site provides a source of information in French and English on the services of the Government of Canada. Good section on “Frequently asked questions”

Parliament of Canada
Offers information on the House of Commons, the Senate, and the Library of Parliament and is a source of information on Bills, MP’s and Cabinet members.

CIDA – Canadian International Development Agency
Employment opportunities in international development

PAR-L stands for Policy, Action and Research. An electronic networkofindividuals and organizations interested in women-centered policy issuesinCanada.

Womenspace celebrates and promotes women’s positive images, women’s organizations, history, equality symbols and women’s art. Good on-line Internet course.

Canadian Women’s Health Network
The Canadian Women’s Health Network is a site for sharing information,resources and strategies, and building links to improve women’s health.

Centres of Excellence for Women’s Health
The Centres of Excellence for Women’s Health funded by Health Canada strengthens policy-focused research on women’s health in Canada by providing unique opportunities for collaboration among community-based women’s health groups, service providers and academic researchers.

Since 1999 DetectaPension has been assisting Canadian seniors and others to obtain their rightful maximum Old Age Security or company pension entitlement. Were you aware that as per Statscan, in 2000 for every man (80,880) over 65 living alone in low income, there are more than 4 women (332,520) striving to survive in this condition! Check this site out to see if you are receiving the correct pension amount.

Canadian Women’s Business Network
CWBN is a business network, creating networking opportunities, resource library and guidance in planning or building a business or career and to market on the Internet affordably. Offers Internet services for women with small businesses, which includes an inexpensive web page on the CBWN site.

UNPAC(Mb)-Women and Economy Project
United Nations Platform for Action Committee from Winnipeg, Manitoba offers this comprehensive website devoted to women’s experience in the economy.Topics covered include women and globalization, unpaid work, women’s stories,childcare, the wage gap, economics 101, alternatives, and women and poverty.

Hot Peach Pages – Abuse Help Lines
The Provincial Association of Transition Houses of Saskatchewan (PATHS) is a site designed for and included in Saskatchewan’s telephone books, this set of resources of fact sheets, shelters and agencies listings, and legal information is for all of Canada. Most of the information is available in 40 languages.

Canadian Policy Research Networks
CPRN’s mission is to create knowledge and lead public debate on social and economic issues important to the well-being of Canadians. You will find excellent publications on a range of topics such as labour market policies,why cities matter and access to postsecondary education in Canada.

Cybersolidares is a site to explore the use of the Internet for solidarity,to share ideas, actions for social change, along with international networking with francophone women.

Aboriginal Canada Portal
The Federal Government and Aboriginal community partnership includes the Native Women’s Association of Canada. It acts as a central gateway with a women’s section to national Aboriginal organizations, federal and provincial departments with Aboriginal responsibilities, as well as related Aboriginal community information.

CanadianResearchInstitute for the Advancement of Women
Includes research reports, fact sheets and information on research grants.

CanadianWomen’sMarch Committee
This site is for the coordination of the World March of Women in Canada.Supporting action as follow up.

the Canadian Women’s Information Centre, helps women respond to challengesandimprove their quality of life. Whether they are working outside thehomeor parenting, on their own or with a spouse, young, middle-aged or elderly,women face challenges. Womennet.ca is the site to turn to for information and resources to help women take charge of their lives.

Campaign2000End Child Poverty in Canada
Almost one in five children live in poverty in Canada, an increase of39%since 1989. The National Council of Women of Canada has a special representative to Campaign 2000 and many Local Councils also support their work. A Flash Sheet, “PovertyAmidst Prosperity:Building a Canada for All Children”,provides recentupdates to this campaign.

YouthPath is your single access point to government related youth programs,services and information.

Canada’s biggest job site!

Charity Careers
This is a site for jobs for people who care.

WorkInfo Net
WorkInfo Net is Canada’s Web portal to over 100,000 jobs and a wealth of employment information.