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Leaders in managing the world’s freshwater supply

An artist rendering of the new pavilion at the Centre for Water Technologies (Centre des Technologies de l’Eau), a College Centre of Technology Transfer (CCTT) specializing in water-related applied research at the Cégep de Saint-Laurent. Photo: Cégep de Saint-Laurent.

Leaders in managing the world’s freshwater supply

April 23, 2019
For many Canadians, freshwater is an omnipresent resource. According to the Government of Canada, Canada contains about 20% of the world’s total freshwater resources, 7% of which are considered renewable. Playing such a large role in Canada’s geography and ecosystems through ground and sub-surface water; glaciers and ice cover; wetlands, rivers, and lakes, water is the focus of many careers and management of the resource often involves multiple fields and government and industry partners.

Given the uniquely Canadian abundance of freshwater in, the water-related training and research opportunities at Canadian colleges and institutes are a critical component of the global march towards sustainability. For example:

Providing solutions and taking action to better manage the world’s freshwater supply is essential to addressing the pressing challenges of climate change. With a presence in urban, rural, remote, and northern communities across the country, Canada’s colleges and institutes take advantage of the geographic variety of their surroundings to train a strong workforce and conduct research projects that are critically important for sustainability efforts in Canada and around the world.