Water is the Lifeblood of Our Planet. We Need to Work Together to Protect It.

waterNEXT is Canada’s water technology network. We work across multiple sectors — from resources to utilities — to accelerate the commercialization and adoption of innovative technologies for the world’s most pressing water challenges. It's time to make some waves.

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Water is a Global Challenge

Climate change, drought, population growth, and urbanization pose significant threats to water systems across our planet. Global freshwater demand will outstrip supply by 40% by 2030, according to the Global Commission on the Economics of Water.

Technology is a Critical Part of the Solution.

With a history of world-class water innovation, breakthrough technologies, and an ecosystem that spans the country’s largest sectors, Canada is a global leader in water solutions.

Acceleration programs for water technology startups

Industry and investor matchmaking 

Innovation Challenges and scouting for problem holders

Stakeholder engagement across key water-related sectors

Global showcase opportunities for Canadian water technologies

An active and engaged network of water tech organizations 

waterNEXT was great to gain a deeper understanding of Canada's water ecosystem, access a network of industry experts and obtain guidance to solve our challenges related to the water industry.

Tatiana Estevez Founder, Permalution
<strong>Tatiana Estevez</strong>

Ventures to Value Chains: Water Technology Report

Canada is a global leader in water technology, but our understanding of the national water innovation ecosystem remains fragmented.

This report sheds light on the strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities across the value chain, successfully marketing Canada as a water innovation centre of excellence.

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Our Key Focus Areas:



Leveraging water technologies to reduce or sequester greenhouse gas emissions



Managing water-related impacts of climate change, including water supply, water quality, and extreme weather risks


Resource Recovery

Harnessing resources from wastewater, including nutrients, metals, heat, and energy


Water Recycling & Reuse

Reclaiming water from a variety of sources for beneficial reuse

Join the Wave, Protect Our Water

Join our Network


Whether you're a utility, community, corporate, engineering firm, or industrial water user, we can support you in:

  • Identifying innovation opportunities and priorities
  • Scouting and sourcing high-quality solutions
  • Leveraging our extensive network of water tech ventures and advisors


From ideation to adoption, we work with innovators to:

  • Provide acceleration, training, and mentorship support
  • Make connections to end users, investors, and strategic partners
  • Increase exposure and visibility with key audiences

Connect to the World of Water Tech

Canada’s water technology ecosystem extends across many of the country’s largest sectors, including utilities, energy, mining, agriculture, and manufacturing, encompassing more than 750 water technology companies, enablers, and research organizations from coast to coast to coast.

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Meet Our waterNEXT Ventures

We’re proud to have supported a wide range of inspiring cleantech ventures who are stepping up to solve global water challenges with made-in-Canada solutions. 

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Our Partners

waterNEXT collaborates with a number of partners to provide unparalleled support to the Canadian water technology ecosystem:

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