Source water protection in Québec is implemented as a key aspect of integrated water resource management plans. Québec is divided into 40 watershed management areas, each of which is guided by a water master plan developed by the watershed organization made up of regional county municipalities, municipalities, environmental groups and citizens.

  • The 2018-2030 Québec Water Strategy details water management priorities and implementation methods to prevent and manage water-related risks.
  • Water master plans are not exclusively designed for source water protection, but source water protection is included.
  • In 2014, the Water Withdrawal and Protection Regulation was adopted, which regulates activities near sources of water and provides a framework for municipalities to conduct vulnerability analyses.
Quebec areas of integrated water resources management

Québec integrated water management areas.