Sault Ste Marie: An ideal location for the Canada Water Agency

Explore the many reasons why Sault Ste. Marie is the perfect location for Canada’s Water Agency.

We are the Heart of Canada’s Freshwater

Nestled in the Hub of the Great Lakes Region, Sault Ste. Marie is located mid-way across Canada and next to one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world, Lake Superior.

An Ecosystem of Freshwater Research

Sault Ste. Marie is home to a cluster of innovative and leading freshwater and natural resource research, including:

  • Sault College’s School of Natural Environment 
  • Algoma University’s School of Life Science and the Environment
  • The Sea Lamprey Control Centre
  • The Great Lakes Forestry Centre, part of Natural Resources Canada
  • The Ontario Forest Research Institute, part of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
A proximity map showing where Sault Ste. Marie is compared to surrounding large cities.
250 km 165 mi 310 mi 500 km 466 mi 750 km Sault Ste. Marie Detroit London Cleveland Toronto Ottawa Niagara Falls Sudbury North Bay Timmins Thunder Bay Minneapolis Major Urban Markets close to Sault Ste. Marie Des Moines Syracuse

What We’re Doing

On June 28, 2021, Sault Ste. Marie City Council approved the formation of a Task Force to explore this potential opportunity. The Task Force is developing a pitch to bring the Canada Water Agency to our community, which will incorporate community feedback that will be published in a local ‘What we heard’ report by November 1, 2021.

Get Involved

We want to understand your perspectives regarding having the Canada Water Agency in Sault Ste. Marie, as well as your priorities and values for ensuring a water secure District of Algoma. Your input will help guide the City of Sault Ste. Marie’s proposal to the Federal Government.