Watershed Reports

Taking the pulse of Canada's rivers

Canada has one-fifth of the world’s freshwater. Thousands of **interconnected rivers and lakes** across our country provide the essentials of life for people, animals and ecosystems.

Collectively, Canada’s rivers make up **25 major watersheds**, each brimming with stories of history, culture, ecology and economy. Yet, as a country, we are missing an important part of that story. At a national level, we don’t know how healthy our rivers and watersheds are or what threats they currently face.

WWF launched the Watershed Reports in 2017, Canada’s first wide assessment of the country’s watershed, focusing on four indicators of river health and seven key threats.

These are the results of the 2020 re-assessment. The next re-assessment will be published by Water Rangers in 2024, powered by AquaAction.