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  • Stats in brief: 11-627-M2022087
    Description: Physical flow accounts (PFA) record the annual flows of natural resources, products and residuals between the Canadian economy and the environment. The Water Account describes the use of the natural resource input of water and of water accessed through municipal water supply or irrigation systems by industries, governments, institutions, and households.
    Release date: 2022-12-19

  • Articles and reports: 11-637-X202200100006
    Description: As the sixth goal outlined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Canada and other UN member states have committed to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030. This 2022 infographic provides an overview of indicators underlying the sixth Sustainable Development Goal in support of clean water and sanitation, and the statistics and data sources used to monitor and report on this goal in Canada.
    Release date: 2022-09-28

  • Articles and reports: 16-508-X2022001

    This paper analyzes water use by three important manufacturing industries. These industries include the pulp and paper industry, the primary metal industry, and the petroleum and coal product industry.

    Release date: 2022-06-10

  • Stats in brief: 11-627-M2019022

    This infographic presents results for total and residential, average daily per capita potable water use in Canada, from the 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 Biennial Drinking Water Plants Survey. The infographic displays the various uses of potable water produced by drinking water systems in the economy, which includes the residential sector. The infographic also presents the various possible uses of residential potable water.

    Release date: 2019-06-11

  • Stats in brief: 16-508-X2017002

    This fact sheet looks at outdoor water use by Canadian households.

    Release date: 2017-07-21

  • Stats in brief: 16-508-X2017001

    This fact sheet looks at the treatment of drinking water by Canadian households. This publication covers some water treatment techniques, the reasons provided by households to explain their behavior, and various characteristics of households that have a link with their tendency to treat water.

    Release date: 2017-05-01

  • Stats in brief: 16-508-X2015009

    This fact sheet looks at the environmental quality of surface water sources prior to treatment using data from the 2013 Survey of Drinking Water Plants.

    Release date: 2015-12-18

  • Articles and reports: 11-008-X201100111365
    Geography: Canada

    In society today, many Canadians are concerned about the environment and the scarcity of resources. Consequently, many individuals and governments are seeking ways to reduce or alter energy and water consumption patterns. This article uses data from the 2007 Households and the Environment Survey to examine the association between income, education, ownership, age of dwelling and years lived at the dwelling and the use of low-volume toilets; low-flow showerheads; compact fluorescent light bulbs; programmable thermostats; and appliances bought to save energy or water.

    Release date: 2010-12-07

  • Articles and reports: 16-001-M2009010
    Geography: Census metropolitan area, Census agglomeration, Census metropolitan area part
    Description: Households in Canadian municipalities often have options when choosing the type of water they drink at home and whether they treat it prior to drinking it. The reasons why they might choose to treat their water could be aesthetic or there might have been problems in the past that are influencing their decisions today. Using data from the 2007 Households and the Environment Survey, the author explores some of the factors governing these decisions for households in a selection of Canadian municipalities.
    Release date: 2009-12-09

  • Articles and reports: 16-002-X200900310927
    Geography: Canada

    Water is essential for crop production, whether it is provided by rain or irrigation. Although relatively few farms in Canada irrigate, this use of water can represent a significant portion of water use in some areas of the country. This article presents information on the use of irrigation in 2007.

    Release date: 2009-09-24
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  • Surveys and statistical programs – Documentation: 16-001-M2009008

    In 2008, Statistics Canada conducted the first Agricultural Water Use Survey. This pilot survey is part of the Canadian Environment Sustainability Indicators initiative and collects information on volumes of water used for irrigation, irrigated areas, irrigation practices and the quality of water used for agricultural purposes. This technical paper describes the methodology used for the pilot survey and includes recommendations for future cycles of the survey. The validation process seems to indicate that the method used to estimate the volumes of water used and the irrigated areas calculated underestimates the results. The report gives recommendations to minimize this bias in the next iterations of the survey. First, it is recommended to simplify the level of information collected by the survey; to review the sampling methodology; and to examine other means of collecting information on volumes of water used for irrigation. This pilot version of the survey remains a reliable source for consistent data on agricultural water use.

    Release date: 2009-06-26

  • Surveys and statistical programs – Documentation: 96-328-M2004010
    Geography: Geographical region of Canada

    This activity focuses on how water is used for irrigation, the benefits and risks associated with irrigation and the ways farmers manage their water use.

    Release date: 2004-08-30
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