What is the Canadian Freshwater Alliance?

The Freshwater Alliance is a national initiative that inspires and supports a network of freshwater guardians working for a future where all our waters are healthy and safe.

Water is life. When scientists search for life afar, they look for water. But we have water here on Earth—the only known place in the universe—and an abundance of life that water sustains.

Not only does water sustain life—it nourishes our souls; it is the basis of our economy; it shapes the land; it connects our histories and will determine our futures. Canadians know how important water is: in a national poll, 94% agreed that “freshwater is our most precious resource.”

20% of the world’s usable freshwater is right here in Canada, but it is facing some significant threats. And, though it’s hard to believe, right here in Canada, not everyone has access to safe, healthy water.  

The Freshwater Alliance exists to address these challenges and drive action to achieve healthy and safe waters for all.


In a country of over 30,000,000 people, this is not something we can—or would want to--achieve on our own. That’s why we work with water guardians across the country to unite efforts and deepen community engagement to advance healthy waters.  

Our work is based on our Theory of Change: we are confident that the more people are engaged--aware, excited and active—in defending freshwater, the more successful we will collectively be!


We have four main areas of activity:

1) Training. We offer training and coaching services to freshwater groups who want to increase their capacity to meet their objectives. Check out the services we offer here

2) Uniting. There are hundreds of community-based freshwater groups across the country. We help these groups learn from each other and align goals and activities to increase their impact. Check out our case studies, upcoming events, and collective action groups.

3) Supporting. We produce and provide access to freshwater resources and opportunities to learn from and connect with freshwater experts. We also support individuals, non-profit groups, businesses, and governments to better steward freshwater. Check out our resources, upcoming events, and water guardians pages.

4) Movement-building. We engage and mobilize freshwater defenders around key issues to drive policy and social change. Check out our campaigns. Want to help drive change? Become a water guardian.


MAIN_LOGO_TO_USE.png The Canadian Freshwater Alliance is a project on MakeWay's shared platform, which provides operational supports, governance, and charitable expertise for changemakers. The shared platform enables more time and money to go towards achieving greater impact. MakeWay is a national charity that builds partnerships and solutions to help nature and communities thrive together.


Want to know who’s behind the Freshwater Alliance? Meet the team.