To be able to measure progress towards our ambitious goal of all Canada’s waters in good health by 2030, we first need to have a clear understanding of what good water health means. Canada’s waters will be in good health when these results are achieved:
Canada’s water is safe for swimming and drinking and safe from contaminants.
The flow of water in Canada’s rivers and lakes supports life, recreation and a healthy environment.
Fish are flourishing in Canada’s waters and are healthy to eat.
Aquatic bugs that form the base of the food chain are thriving in Canada’s waterways.
Water Health Indicators
Water health indicators are high-level metrics that help us quantify the achievement of our results. We’ve defined the following six indicators that track the health of Canada’s waters and signal if conditions are getting better or worse: