Evaluating collaborative approaches to governance for water allocation in Canada: Lessons from Ontario

Principal Investigator - Dr. Rob de Loe, Department of Environment and Resource Studies, University of Waterloo, 2012-2015


Outcomes include:

  • Strengthened relationships with partners. The research team was able to answer questions the partners had but could not answer themselves due to resource constraints.
  • Changes in policy. Worked closely with people who are directly invovled in any changes to OLWR. Produced a report that partners sought and worked with the team on.
  • Increased knowledge. Research addressed the question of outcomes and the relationship between collaborative processes and the democratic state. The project’s survey of 11 jurisdictions' drought management systems laid a foundation and provided a useful resource that is freely available.


This research has resulted in scholarly publications and end-user reports:

  • Roth, A.P., and de Loë, R.C. (2015). Addressing Drought: A Survey of Canadian and International Experiences. Waterloo, ON: Water Policy and Governance Group.
  • Roth, A.P., and de Loë, R.C. (2017). Incorporating Outcomes from Collaborative Processes into Government Decision Making: A Case Study from Low Water Response Planning in Ontario, Canada, In Ecological Economics, Volume 132, 2017, Pages 169-178, ISSN 0921-8009,

Additionally, this research has been disseminated through several presentations:

  • de Loë, R.C. “Water Conservation and Efficiency in Ontario Agriculture Symposium.” Farm & Food Care Ontario. Guelph: ON, March 6, 2014
  • de Loë, R.C. “Evaluating Outcomes of Collaborative Drought Management Programs.” Presentation for Ontario Drought Outlook 2015. Peterborough: ON, May 13 and 20, 2015
  • Roth, A. and R.C. de Loë. 2014. “Respecting Outcomes in Collaborative Governance: A Low Water Response Case Study.” Presented at CWRA 2014 Canada Water Resources Congress, June 2-4, 2014, Hamilton, Ontario.
  • “Evaluating Collaborative Approaches to Governance for Water Allocation.” Presentation for WEPGN AGM. Calgary, AB: September 3, 2015.