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Water Policy and Governance in Canada

  • Steven Renzetti
  • Diane P. Dupont

Part of the Global Issues in Water Policy book series (GLOB, volume 17)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction and Background

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Steven Renzetti, Diane P. Dupont
      Pages 3-11
    3. Ted Horbulyk
      Pages 29-43
  3. International and Transboundary

  4. Economics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. Diane P. Dupont, Wiktor L. Adamowicz
      Pages 181-199
    3. Steven Renzetti
      Pages 201-212
  5. Politics and Governance/Management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 213-213
    2. B. Timothy Heinmiller
      Pages 215-229
    3. David Marshall, Steve Litke, Theresa Fresco
      Pages 249-267
    4. Lori E. A. Bradford, Nicholas Ovsenek, Lalita A. Bharadwaj
      Pages 269-298

About this book


This book provides an insightful and critical assessment of the state of Canadian water governance and policy. It adopts a multidisciplinary variety of perspectives and considers local, basin, provincial and national scales. Canada’s leading authorities from the social sciences, life and natural sciences address pressing water issues in a non-technical language, making them accessible to a wide audience.

Even though Canada is seen as a water-rich country, with 7% of the world’s reliable flow of freshwater and many of the world’s largest rivers, the country nevertheless faces a number of significant water-related challenges, stemming in part from supply-demand imbalances but also a range of water quality issues. Against the backdrop of a water policy landscape that has changed significantly in recent years, this book therefore seeks to examine water-related issues that are not only important for the future of Canadian water management but also provide insights into transboundary management, non-market valuation of water, decentralized governance methods, the growing importance of the role of First Nations peoples, and other topics in water management that are vital to many jurisdictions globally. The book also presents forward-looking approaches such as resilience theory and geomatics to shed light on emerging water issues.

Researchers, students and those directly involved in the management of Canadian waters will find this book a valuable source of insight. In addition, this book will appeal to policy analysts, people concerned about Canadian water resources specifically as well as global water issues. 


Canadian water management Drinking water policy Water-related challenges Water supply demand Resilience and water water law

Editors and affiliations

  • Steven Renzetti
    • 1
  • Diane P. Dupont
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Economics and Environmental Sustainability Research CentreBrock UniversitySt. CatharinesCanada
  2. 2.Department of Economics and Environmental Sustainability Research CentreBrock UniversitySt. CatharinesCanada

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