Who We Are

The Canadian Water Resources Association (CWRA) is a national registered charity comprised of members from the public, private and academic sectors who are committed to promoting responsible, innovative and effective water resources management.

Formed in 1947 as the Western Canada Reclamation Association, CWRA is the only national organization addressing all water resources issues across all regions of Canada. We offer a range of services and programs focused on professional development, providing expertise and advice, education, and collaboration.

Mission and Vision

Our mission is to promote effective water management.

Our vision is that Canada’s water is managed with a commitment to environmental, economic and social sustainability.

Objective 1

To provide a forum for the exchange of knowledge about the stewardship of water.

Objective 2

To provide resources for students, early career and established professionals, and the broader water community in Canada

Objective 3

To support future generations of Canada’s water community through education and professional development opportunities.

Objective 4

To facilitate connections between diverse members of the water community.

Objective 5

To provide leadership and expertise on effective and sustainable management of water in Canada and internationally.

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The Canadian National Committee for Irrigation and Drainage (CANCID) stimulates and promotes research, development and application of technology for irrigation, drainage, and flood control in rural areas.


The Canadian Society of Hydrological Sciences (CSHS) focus is on hydrological sciences that encompass physical, chemical and biological processes in both surface water and groundwater, and in land surface/atmosphere interactions.



The mission of the  North American Stream Hydrographers is “to better the understanding of the collection, compilation, and use of hydrometric data, along with providing assurance that data production and analysis have been undertaken with appropriate methods with due care to needs of clients and users of hydrometric data.”



Project WET Canada

Project WET Canada is CWRA’s science based water education program developed for non-formal and formal educators of Kindergarten to Grade 12 students as a supplement to provincial and territorial curricula.



The Student and Young Professional (SYP) Program facilitates community engagement, career development, and knowledge-sharing among the young water professionals of Canada.


CWRA is led by a National Board of Directors and its Executive supported by an Executive Director. Directors are elected by their respective constituents, or are designated members by their standing on one of the Affiliate organizations. CWRA has Branches in most provinces and territories, and four national Affiliate organizations. The association is heavily volunteer supported with the majority of work being undertaken by members serving on various committees or CWRA boards.