Author: Larissa Sommerfeld

Water is central to all aspects of a healthy and functioning environment and economy. To further investigate this linkage, Stress Points: An Overview of Water and Economic Growth in Western Canada, outlines a series of water challenges, or “stress points”, that are beginning to emerge in Western Canada, and their potential impact on the economy, the environment and society.

This is the first report in the Canada West Foundation-Arthur J.E. Child Foundation Water Project, which is aimed at exploring the stress points found at the interface between water and the western Canadian economy. A series of papers, featuring western Canadian water challenges will be published throughout 2012. An overarching goal of the project is to ensure that western Canadian circumstances, expertise, and innovation inform the national debate on the future of Canadian water policy and economic growth.