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Dear Prime Minister Trudeau, Acknowledge the Climate Crisis is A Water Crisis
Read the Open Letter to the Prime Minister in regard to the 2022 Budget. 

The Forum for Leadership on Water is an independent, non-partisan group of policy experts from across Canada.


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September 2021

Federal Party Platforms on Freshwater Commitments 

FLOW recognizes that many people do not have the time to read through party platforms to understand the individual party’s takes on freshwater policy. To help with this, FLOW has gone through the official party platform documents and condensed the information as a resource to interested readers.

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April 2022

Failing grades and Water Worries Continue

Op-Ed written by Thomas Axworthy for the Hill Times.

Budget allocations for big programs such as the Freshwater Action Plan are indeed complicated, but creating the Canada Water Agency is not. The environment minister need only summon his officials and utter three words: “Do it now.”


March 2021

5 Foundational Pillars for the Canada Water Agency

A new Canada Water Agency is an opportunity to rethink how we manage and govern fresh water. This submission, endorsed by 51 organizations, calls upon the government to commit the resources, effort, and capacity needed to ensure that the Agency is established to affect meaningful change.  

Bringing together past political leaders, former officials with federal and provincial governments, and senior staff of respected research institutes and non-governmental organizations, FLOW has been working for over a decade to secure the health of Canada’s fresh water.

We convene leading thinkers, provide critical analysis and commentary, and engage with governments to advance progressive public policies and inform important decisions about the future of our most precious resource.



Oliver Brandes
FLOW Chair

Norm Brandson

Jim Bruce

Murray Clamen

Marc Hudon

Ted Yuzyk

Robert Sandford

Michael Miltenberger

Ralph Pentland

Merrell-Ann Phare

Emily Lorra Hines

Richard Farthing-Nichol

Dr. Thomas Axworthy


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FLOW works to ensure that legal, public policy and governance systems are in place to ensure the protection and sustainable management of Canada’s freshwater resources and ecosystems. Explore a decade of work that includes comprehensive reports, policy briefs and formal submissions to governments.


The FLOW Monitor is a periodically published bulletin that provides analysis and perspective by FLOW members and guest commentators on key water issues and public policy solutions.

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