Water facts

“How healthy are Canada's waters? You may be surprised to learn that in many cases, we simply don't know. It's a critical knowledge gap, one that has driven WWF to call upon experts to help us probe deeper.” Read more...


The Water Analytics Research Consortium (WARC) is an alliance of scientists, research institutions and other organizations and individuals concerned with water quality and its implications for public health and ecosystems.

The objectives of WARC are:


• to facilitate the research activities of its members,
• to promote collaborative efforts among members,
• to identify and articulate joint research funding mechanisms, and
• to pool resources and unite expertise to respond to water quality challenges.

These objectives will be achieved by identifying collaborative research opportunities and promoting a coordinated and strategic approach to applying for research resources. In addition, WARC can facilitate the coordination of research management toward the commercial application of research. WARC will also establish and support multidisciplinary communities of practice that address key challenges in water quality in order to protect and sustain Canada's watersheds and ecosystems which promote the health of Canadians.

At a more tactical level, WARC will promote and disseminate the expertise and interests of its members within the consortium’s membership in order to facilitate an environment of mutual familiarity and understanding among members. This will allow for a more timely response to members’ needs for collaboration and support in their research efforts. For example, should a member require letters of support towards applying for research funding, the member can solicit them from WARC’s pool of researchers and institutions all of whom will be already familiar with the member’s work and motivation.