Water Organizations


Wildlands League

Wildlands League is one of Canada’s pre-eminent conservation organizations. They protect wilderness. They collaborate with communities, governments, First Nations, scientists and progressive industry to protect nature and find solutions that work for the planet and for all. They are a not-for-profit charity that has been working in the public interest since 1968, beginning with a campaign to protect Algonquin Park from development.

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WWF Canada

WWF (World Wildlife Fund) is Canada’s largest international conservation organization with the active support of more than 150,000 Canadians. Our mission: to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.


Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) helps to ensure healthy and sustainable aquatic ecosystems through habitat protection and sound science. We support economic growth in the marine and fisheries sectors, and innovation in areas such as aquaculture and biotechnology.


Environment and Climate Change Canada

Protecting and conserving our natural heritage, predicting weather and environmental conditions, preventing and managing pollution, promoting clean growth and a sustainable environment for present and future generations



ALUS (Alternative Land Use Services) is a charitable organization with an innovative community-developed and farmer-delivered program that produces, enhances and maintains ecosystem services on agricultural lands. Projects such as wetland restoration and enhancement, riparian buffers, shelterbelts, afforestation and native prairie grass restoration provide cleaner water and air, habitat, carbon sequestration and climate resiliency.


Environmental Defence

Environmental Defence is a leading Canadian environmental advocacy organization that works with government, industry and individuals to defend clean water, a safe climate and healthy communities.


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Ocean Wise

Ocean Wise is a Vancouver Aquarium conservation program created to educate and empower consumers about the issues surrounding sustainable seafood.


Wildlife Conservation Society Canada

WCS Canada saves wildlife and wild places in Canada through science, conservation action, and by inspiring people to value nature. 


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Oceana is the largest international organization focused solely on ocean conservation.


Ontario Nature

Ontario Nature’s mission is to protect wild species and wild spaces through conservation, education and public engagement. A registered charity, Ontario Nature represents more than 30,000 members and supporters, and 150 member groups from across Ontario.


UofT Trash Team

The U of T Trash Team is a science-based community outreach organization made up of undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, researchers, local volunteers and staff all working together with a common goal to increase waste literacy in our community while reducing plastic pollution in our ecosystems.


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Students on Ice

Students on Ice is an award-winning organization offering unique educational expeditions to the Antarctic and the Arctic. Our mandate is to provide students, educators and scientists from around the world with inspiring educational opportunities at the ends of the Earth and, in doing so, help them foster a new understanding and respect for the planet.


Mushkegowuk Marine Conservation

Mushkegowuk Marine Conservation is an Indigenous-led National Marine Conservation Area to protect Weeneebeg and Washaybeyoh, their culture, their people, and the lands and waters that sustain all life..


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Nature Conservancy of Canada

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is Canada’s leading national land conservation organization. A private, non-profit organization, we partner with individuals, corporations, other non-profit organizations and governments at all levels to protect our most important natural treasures — the natural areas that sustain Canada’s plants and wildlife.


Oceans North

Oceans North supports marine conservation in partnership with Indigenous and coastal communities.


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5 Gyres

5 Gyres’ mission is to conduct research and communicate about the global impact of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans and employ strategies to eliminate the accumulation of plastic pollution in the 5 subtropical gyres.


Swim Drink Fish

Swim Drink Fish works at the confluence of water, people, and storytelling, using community science, technology, and communications to connect people to water. Through a network of Community Water Monitoring Hubs, Swim Drink Fish has inspired, and continues to inspire, people to know and safeguard their local waters. Swim Drink Fish initiatives are active in 171 communities in 11 countries.


Georgian Bay Forever

Georgian Bay Forever’s mission is to protect, enhance, and restore the aquatic ecosystem of Georgian Bay by funding accredited research on water levels, water quality, and ecosystems; by educating the public and governments on issues regarding the environmental protection of the Georgian Bay area; and by enhancing the public’s appreciation for their environment.


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Toronto Water

The City’s Toronto Water division delivers safe drinking water, collects and treats wastewater, and provides stormwater management services.


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International Rivers

International Rivers works with an international network of dam-affected people, grassroots organizations, environmentalists, human rights advocates and others who are committed to stopping destructive river projects and promoting better options.


Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario

EFAO (Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario) is a membership organization that focuses on farmer-led education, research and community building. EFAO brings farmers together so they can learn from each other and improve the health of their soils, crops, livestock and the environment, to steward resilient ecological farms.


Ducks Unlimited Canada

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is the leader in wetland conservation. A registered charity, DUC partners with government, industry, non-profit organizations, Indigenous Peoples and landowners to conserve wetlands that are critical to waterfowl, wildlife and the environment.


Farmers for Climate Solutions

Farmers for Climate Solutions is a national farmer-led coalition that advances pragmatic solutions to support farmers in making the transition to low emissions, high resilience approaches to agriculture.


Soils at Guelph

Soils at Guelph is an effort to advance sustainable soil management in Ontario by making research accessible and facilitating knowledge exchange between researchers, farmers, industry, government, and the public. 


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Ontario Ministry Of The Environment

The Ministry of the Environment (MOE) is responsible for protecting clean and safe air, land and water to ensure healthy communities, ecological protection and sustainable development for present and future generations of Ontarians. Using stringent regulations, targeted enforcement and a variety of innovative programs and initiatives, the ministry continues to address environmental issues that have local, regional and/or global effects.


IISD Experimental Lakes Area

IISD Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA) is an exceptional natural laboratory comprised of 58 small lakes and their watersheds set aside for scientific research. By manipulating these small lakes, scientists are able to examine how all aspects of the ecosystem—from the atmosphere to fish populations—respond.


Water First

Water First Education & Training Inc. is Canada’s leading charity dedicated to working in partnership with Indigenous communities to address local water challenges through education, training and meaningful collaboration.



Global Water Futures


GWF (Global Water Futures)’s overarching goal is to deliver risk management solutions—informed by leading-edge water science and supported by innovative decision-making tools—to manage water futures in Canada and other cold regions where global warming is changing landscapes, ecosystems, and the water environment.


Ryan's Well Foundation

Ryan’s Well Foundation

Grown from the passion and courage of one 6-year-old boy, the Ryan’s Well Foundation is a Canadian charitable organization providing effective and sustainable solutions to the water crisis in the poorest regions of the world.


Great Lakes Plastic Cleanup


The Great Lakes Plastic Cleanup is a first-of-its-kind initiative using innovative technology to quickly remove plastics at marinas from Lake Ontario to Lake Superior and everywhere in between. The litter collected will be analyzed and valuable plastics will be recovered, to be redirected back into the recycling system and creating reuse opportunities.