Québec, May 29, 2015 – Today
David Heurtel, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight
against Climate Change for Québec, and Glen Murray, Minister of the Environment and Climate
Change of Ontario, announced the creation of a joint Ontario-Quebec Committee
on Water Management.
The mandate of the Joint Committee on Water Management will include
facilitating co-operation and information sharing between Québec and Ontario on a wide range
of water management issues, including water
management of the waters of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River and water quality in the rivière des Outaouais, lac Témiscamingue and lac Abitibi. The
committee will also focus on searching for common solutions for shared
Each minister will
designate four representatives to the joint committee, which will now function
as a permanent forum on water management policies and programs implemented by Québec and Ontario.
The idea of deepening co-operation
between the two provinces, in part by creating a joint committee, was first
discussed at the most recent meeting of the Québec and Ontario cabinets.
As needed, the Committee will assemble working groups
to respond to specific water management issues. It will also produce an annual work
plan and will issue a report on its actions.
“Once again, our governments are demonstrating their clear will to work
together to protect our environment and to ensure the safety of our citizens.
Water management is a crucial issue, especially in the context of climate
change. I am convinced that the committee’s work will expand and strengthen the
preservation of this resource that is essential for life and on which the
prosperity of our economies also rest. Together, we can fight climate change
and ensure a better quality of life for our children.”
-David Heurtel, Quebec Minister
of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change
“Today’s announcement is a
result of Ontario
and Québec’s commitment to collaborate on environmental issues of mutual
concern. Working together to protect our shared water resources is a practical
and effective way to combat climate change while improving water quality.”
-Glen Murray, Ontario Minister of
the Environment and Climate Change
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