Although our ambitious goal, results and water health indicators provide a “North Star” to connect and align the Network, we still need a way to assess and enhance our collective performance. This accountability starts with the winning conditions- a set of circumstances that, when brought together, are likely to contribute to achieving the results we want to see.
The winning conditions are our theories on how we can work towards the results. We believe that the following winning conditions will make a large difference if we can collectively achieve them:
The Canadian public understands the value of healthy water, and that Canada’s water is not unlimited, has threats to its health and needs protecting.
Diverse constituencies with influence engage in effective decision making and exercise authority to ensure the health of all waters.
Robust & Accessible Information
Accessible, scientific, traditional and local knowledge to monitor, assess, and report on freshwater health and to anticipate and understand emerging issues.
Nested Watershed Governance
A public policy framework enables nested watershed governance and collaborative decision-making that addresses the unique contexts, needs and opportunities that exist at different scales.
Enforced Legal Standards
Enforced legal standards that reflect sustainability principles provide consistent regulatory backstops to ensure human and aquatic ecosystem health.
Sustainable Built Environments
Human-made surroundings and their supporting infrastructure function in harmony with watershed ecosystems.
Mechanisms within economic systems - such as investments, financial penalties and price signals - incentivize activities that repair damage, and sustain net gains, to the integrity of ecosystems.
We need ways to measure and assess our progress on achieving these winning conditions. Impact measures are metrics that allow us to do this. Impact measures are a key part of the shared measurement system because reporting on them regularly gives us an idea of how we are doing as a Network and they also help to facilitate collaboration and set priorities for collective action.
We believe that, through the actions of organizations within the OLW Network, we will be able to see significant positive shifts in the winning conditions that will, in turn, help us achieve our ambitious goal: All Canada’s waters in good health by 2030.
Explore our impact measures and the winning conditions they relate to below.
|Impact measures||Informed People||Engaged Constituencies||Robust & Accessible Information||Nested Watershed Governance||Enforced Legal Standards||Sustainable Built Environments||Supportive Economies|
|Open Access Hubs|
|Watershed Entities & Plans|
|National Drinking Water Standards|
|Environmental Flow Standards|
|Enforceable Water Quality Standards|
|Citizen Legal Action|
|Drinking Water Source Protection|
|Combined Sewer Overflow|
|Harmful Algae Blooms|
|Human Right to Water|
|Recreational Water Quality|
|Drinking Water Advisories|