Shared Measurement System
Welcome to the Shared Measurement System Dashboard. Here, you will be able to take a deep dive into our Ambitious Goal, Water Health Indicators, and Impact Measures that we use to assess and enhance our collective performance.

Our Ambitious Goal

All Waters in Canada in Good Health by 2030


Our ambitious goal of all waters in Canada in good health by 2030 unites the Our Living Waters Network towards an important future, but it’s hard to measure on its own. To measure our collective progress towards the ambitious goal, we first need to have a clear understanding of what good water health means.

Water Health Indicators


We’ve adopted six water health indicators from WWF-Canada’s Watershed Reports. These indicators track the health of waters in Canada and signal if conditions are getting better or worse, and if we are moving closer or further away from achieving the ambitious goal:

28%
Overall Health

Percent of the 25 major watersheds rated as 'good' or 'very good' for overall health

36%
Benthic Invertebrates

Percent of the 25 major watersheds rated as 'good' or 'very good' for bugs (benthic invertebrates)

52%
Fish

Percent of the 25 major watersheds rated as 'good' or 'very good' for fish

24%
Water Quality

Percent of the 25 major watersheds rated as 'good' or 'very good' for water quality

28%
Overall Threats

Percent of the 25 major watersheds given an overall threat rating of 'low'

28%
Water Flow

Percent of the 25 major watersheds rated as 'good' or 'very good’ for water flow

Together, the North Star


Our ambitious goal and water health indicators provide a north star for organizations within the OLW Network to head towards.

However, these metrics are high-level, measuring water health itself.

We still need to determine all the different ways we need to take action to improve water health.

Impact Measures


That’s where impact measures come in. They’re our tangible strategy to guide the many actors in the freshwater community to work together as a connected and aligned Network.

There are 24 impact measures organized into four categories (Robust & Accessible Information, Informed & Engaged People, Our Blue Footprint and Water Policy & Governance). Impact measures are used to guide and measure our collective progress. Hover over individual Impact Measures inside each category for at-a-glance stats, or click through for detailed information and data.

Robust & Accessible Information

Accessible Data

Accessible Data

Decision Makers

Decision Makers

Open Access Hubs

Open Access Hubs

Informed & Engaged People

Citizen Legal Action

Citizen Legal Action

Freshwater Awareness

Freshwater Awareness

Media

Media

Supporter Actions

Supporter Actions

Our Blue Footprint

Combined Sewer Overflow

Combined Sewer Overflow

Drinking Water Advisories

Drinking Water Advisories

Government Financing for Protection

Government Financing for Protection

Green Infrastructure

Green Infrastructure

Harmful Algae Blooms

Harmful Algae Blooms

Legislating Restoration

Legislating Restoration

Municipal Natural Asset Management

Municipal Natural Asset Management

Pipeline Threats

Pipeline Threats

Water Policy & Governance

Drinking Water Source Protection

Drinking Water Source Protection

Enforceable Water Quality Standards

Enforceable Water Quality Standards

Environmental Flow Standards

Environmental Flow Standards

Freshwater Policy

Freshwater Policy

Human Right to Water

Human Right to Water

National Drinking Water Standards

National Drinking Water Standards

Recreational Water Quality

Recreational Water Quality

Watershed Entities & Plans

Watershed Entities & Plans

Watershed Governance

Watershed Governance

Note: The data presented here represents our best research given the time and resources at hand. We acknowledge there may be errors. This shared measurement system belongs to all members of the Our Living Water Network, so if you have any corrections for us, or ideas to share on this measure, please send us an email at [email protected].

Shared Measurement System|Explore the winning conditions and impact measures that provide a roadmap to achieving our results and, ultimately, our ambitious goal.
Shared Measurement System|Welcome to the Shared Measurement System Dashboard. Here, you will be able to take a deep dive into our Ambitious Goal, Water Health Indicators, and Impact Measures that we use to assess and enhance our collective performance.
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