Water-related public policy issues generally spill over many jurisdictions. This research project seeks to explore how government actors manage and address them. We particularly look at multilevel governance, federalism, interjurisdictional relations, as well as urban and territorial governance. Specifically, we examine the role and expertise of each level of government in relation to the governance of water resources, and consider regulatory, policy, and management issues that involve multiple jurisdictions including municipalities, aboriginal self-governments, provincial, territorial, and federal governments in relation to non-governmental actors in Canada. Our objectives include:
- Analyzing the roles and responsibilities of key government actors involved in water governance in Canada.
- Identifying the best approaches to improve dialogue and cooperation between different levels of water governance.
- Assessing regulatory gaps between governments.
- Evaluating the challenges and opportunities federalism and multilevel governance can entail in managing clean, freshwater resources.
- Assessing the state of water infrastructure in Canada.
- Analyzing the sources of funding for water infrastructure in Canada.