The Government of Canada is establishing a Canada Water Agency to improve freshwater management across the country. The location of the office has not been determined.
What is the Expected Economic Impact?
The Government of Canada has not outlined a formal process for selecting a Canada Water Agency location yet.
We are working to position SSM as a competitive and ideal candidate for the Canada Water Agency location and preparing a Proposal for the Agency.
How much is the City Spending on this Initiative?
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.
The City of Sault Ste. Marie has partnered with the Lake Huron Collaborative’s Dr. Elaine Ho-Tassone to lead a series of community discussions. We have scheduled eight events, four of which are online and four of which will be held in-person. To find out more information visit the online form here.
Who is on the Task Force?
The Task Force consists of internal City staff and external Stakeholders. The official Task Force membership includes:
Tom Vair, Deputy CAO Rick Van Staveren, Director Economic Development Travis Anderson, Director Tourism Kathleen Heymans, Manager Business Development Emily Cormier, Sustainability Coordinator
Christian Provenzano, Mayor of Sault Ste. Marie Corey Gardi, City Councillor Dr. Elaine Ho-Tassone, Project Coordinator with the Lake Huron Collaborative Dr. Paula Antunes, Freshwater Researcher and Consultant Ryan Namepetra, Faculty with Sault College
Why Sault Ste. Marie?
Centrally located within the largest group of freshwater lakes in the world, the City of Sault Ste. Marie’s plentiful natural assets, cultural diversity, and local expertise that reaches beyond borders, make it an ideal location for such an Agency. Learn more (link to SSM Value prop points)
How can I get Involved?
Join a community discussion or submit feedback through our online form.
We want to understand your perspectives regarding having the Canada Water Agency (or an office of it) 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.
Have more questions? Find out more about the project.