Wastewater Surveillance on Canadian Campuses

When the COVID-19 pandemic emerged in Canada in 2020, universities, public health units, and government ministries scrambled to find ways to monitor and detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus. With new funding opportunities for pandemic-related research, universities across North America became leaders in developing tools and techniques to monitor the virus. As a result, we saw, and continue to see, wastewater surveillance being rolled out across public and private post-secondary institutions in Canada.  

These initiatives are guided by ethical principles developed by the World Health Organization and the Canadian Water Network that promote surveillance for the common good; equity in monitoring and distributing the benefits of surveillance; respect for persons and populations, including their involvement in decision-making; and good governance through community engagement and transparency.*  

Our project hopes to contribute towards community engagement and transparency by offering a publicly available mapping of the different wastewater surveillance initiatives on post-secondary campuses across Canada. The information is updated as we gather more data. If your institution is not represented here or does not have up-to-date data, please get in touch with us ([email protected]). You can also fill out the survey here

Project Team

Dr. Carolyn Prouse

Monique Assunção

Undergraduate Contributors

Beatrix Kwan

Ashley Mallia

Project Overview

Project Goals

Project Funders

SSHRC Insight Grant

Urban Studies Foundation Pandemics and Cities Grant

UBC Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies Grant

Publications & Reports