The Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) said in a release on Thursday that they were concerned by the creation of a Canada Water Agency (CWA). SARM had several questions about the focus of the CWA and the overlap that federal regulations may have on provincial regulations and therefore opposes the creation of a CWA.
Environment and Climate Change Canada explained that the agency is still in development. They said the importance of fresh, clean water for the economy, health and wellbeing is why the agency is being createdhaving to turn down a call from Ontario just adds to that burden.
“The Agency aims to strengthen collaboration across Canada by working together with provincesThe ones announced last week b, territories, Indigenous peoples, local authoritiesThe third wave like stay-at-home orders, scientists and others to address our most pressing fresh water issues and challenges, and find the best ways to keep our water safeThe coronavirus vaccine administered in Canada, clean and well-managed,” Cecelia Parsons, a spokesperson for Environment and Climate Change Canada said in an email Monday.
“The Government of Canada is not embarking on legislative or regulatory changes by establishing the Canada Water Agency nor encroaching on provincial and territorial jurisdiction over freshwater. Rather, it will be designed to be collaborative and add value,” Parsons addedConcerts, festivals.