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If you have more questions or comments, send us an e-mail at cwaproject@cityssm.on.ca

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. 

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. 

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.

The Task Force consists of internal City staff and external Stakeholders. The official Task Force membership includes:

City Staff:

Tom Vair, Deputy CAO
Rick Van Staveren, Director Economic Development
Travis Anderson, Director Tourism
Kathleen Heymans, Manager Business Development
Emily Cormier, Sustainability Coordinator

External Partners:

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 

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)

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.