Ontario, with more than 250,000 fresh water lakes and vast stretches of green forest, is internationally recognized for its commitment to conservation and natural resource management.

Home for world-leading water technologies
Ontario companies developed world-leading UV and membrane technologies that revolutionized the treatment of water and wastewater. Also they are delivering next-generation smart solutions that meet the challenges of energy efficiency, aging infrastructure, and water security.

Ontario’s water industry covers the full spectrum of technology and service providers.

Ontario companies have built global reputations for quality. Their success is a big part of the reason why Canada has become one of the world’s largest exporters of water and wastewater products and services.


A deep pool of water expertise
We have more than 21 water-related research institutes across the province, including:
• Environment Canada’s National Water Institute
• The Canadian Water Network
• The Water Institute, University of Waterloo
• United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment, and Health, McMaster University
Ontario is an international hub for R&D with more than 100,000 researchers working on a wide range of issues including many that are related to the next-generation water technologies; energy conservation, informatics, mobile technologies and nanomaterials.


Skilled, water-savvy workforce
Our talent pool keeps growing with graduates from 20 universities and 24 colleges that train students in every field, from the skilled trades to the most advanced areas of science, engineering, and business. The Toronto region alone has 230 university and college programs related to water sciences which produce more than 8,200 university graduates (all levels) every year.

The University of Waterloo’s Centre for Environment and Business, for example, offers undergraduate and Master’s programs that are producing the next generation of sustainability professionals.

The Vale Inco Living with Lakes Centre at Sudbury’s Laurentian University, is an award winning global centre of excellence for applied research in environmental restoration and sustainability.


Connected to global markets
Water and wastewater treatment in the United States is a $113 billion annual market, according to estimates developed by Global Water Intelligence, and by 2016, annual investments in water and wastewater infrastructure will reach $50 billion. Our products have duty-free access within the US $17 trillion+ NAFTA marketplace if 62.5% of the content is manufactured here.

Napier-Reid, a well-known global player in the water and wastewater industry, is based in Markham, Ontario and has successfully executed over 3,000 water and wastewater contracts, with plant capacities ranging from 50 m3 per day to 200,000 m3 per day, including projects in some of the largest urban areas as well as many remote mining and oil/gas sites. The company is certified to the ISO 9001:2008 quality management system. It is their policy to supply products that meet or exceed customer requirements for quality, delivery, performance, and value. Napier-Reid is committed to continuous improvement across the organization through the application of world-class business principles.