Environment Canada


At Environment Canada (EC), our business is protecting the environment, conserving the country's natural heritage, and providing weather and meteorological information to keep Canadians informed and safe.

Environment Canada is building on its accomplishments with the environment through credible science, effective regulations and legislation, successful partnerships, and high-quality service delivery to Canadians.

We support sound environmental decisions. We work to repair the damage of the past, to collect and pass on knowledge, and to develop, implement and enforce policies to prevent future issues. We also work to ensure that Canadians have a safe, clean and sustainable environment today, tomorrow and well into the future.

Environment Canada is a diverse organization where our programs, services, and people lead the way in implementing the Government of Canada’s environmental agenda. We collaborate with our partners at home and abroad, to realize concrete progress on initiatives that will protect the health of our people and our planet.

Environment Canada's mandate is to: 

  • Preserve and enhance the quality of the natural environment, including water, air, soil, flora and fauna
  • Conserve Canada's renewable resources
  • Conserve and protect Canada's water resources
  • Forecast daily weather conditions and warnings, and provide detailed meteorological information to all of Canada
  • Enforce rules relating to boundary waters
  • Coordinate environmental policies and programs for the federal government.
Adaptation Work:

Environment Canada's programs are organized under four broad lines of business: helping Canadians adapt to their environment; reducing the impact of pollution; conserving biological diversity; and, supporting sustainable development:

Additionally, Environment Canada also delivers various services:

  • Air Quality Health Index: This section provides access to current air quality conditions, forecasts, advisories and maps.
  • Biosphère: Explore the exhibits and activities presented by the Biosphère to learn about water, climate change and the sustainable development of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence ecosystem.
  • Canadian Hurricane Centre: This centre specializes in providing Canadians with information on storms of tropical origin that affect Canada and its territorial waters including latest hurricane forecasts, along with a wide range of information related to the science of hurricanes.
  • Canadian Ice Service: Get the latest information on sea and iceberg conditions as well as weather and marine products.
  • Real-time Water Level and Streamflow Data: Provides public access to real-time hydrometric (water level and streamflow) data collected at over 1700 locations in Canada.
  • Weather Office: Environment Canada provides weather forecasts and warnings 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to help protect the safety and security of Canadians and their property.
  • Weather One-on-One: This is a telephone consultation service that allows people to consult Environment Canada weather professionals at 1-900-565-5555.
  • Weatheradio: Weatheradio Canada is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting weather and environmental information 24 hours a day in both official languages directly from Environment Canada's storm prediction centres.