Canadian Drought Monitor

The Canadian Drought Monitor (CDM) is Canada's official source for the monitoring and reporting of drought in Canada. From this page you can access a variety of products and information about current drought conditions across the country.

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Map of Canada showing drought conditions at the end of August, 2017. Drought levels, in increasing order of severity, are as follows: Abnormally Dry, Moderate Drought, Severe Drought, Extreme Drought, and Exceptional Drought. The more severe types of drought are always surrounded by less severe types of drought (for example, wherever there is Moderate Drought, it is surrounded by Abnormally Dry conditions).

Drought conditions are present in:

  • British Columbia:
    • Abnormally Dry conditions in:
      • a thin pocket extending from the Pacific ocean to Williston Lake encompassing Hyland Post and Ingenika Mine;                   
      • a large pocket encompassing most of the southern half of the province as far north as Prince George; and
      • an area covering all of Vancouver Island.
    • Moderate Drought in:
      • a large pocket in the southern half of the province encompassing Revelstoke, Bella Coola, Trail, and Golden.
    • Severe Drought in:
      • a pocket encompassing Quesnel, Princeton, and Kamloops; and
      • a small pocket in the southeast extending from the United States border to the Alberta border, including Cranbrook and Fernie.
    • Extreme Drought in:
      • a small pocket north of Ashcroft; and
      • a small pocket south of Merritt.
  • Alberta:
    • Abnormally Dry conditions in:
      • a large area south of Edmonton from the British Columbia border to the Saskatchewan border but excluding a thin strip between Innisfail and northwest of Medicine Hat;
      • a pocket in south of High Level surrounding Grande Prairie, Grimshaw, and Bison Lake; and
      • a tiny pocket northeast of Hay Camp.
    • Moderate Drought in:
      • a large pocket running from the southeastern British Columbia border to the southwestern Saskatchewan border.
    • Severe Drought in:
      • a small pocket surrounding Hanna; and
      • a small pocket surrounding Banff and Canmore.
  • Saskatchewan:
    • Abnormally Dry conditions in:
      • a tiny pocket north of Lake Athabasca;
      • a pocket north and west of Reindeer Lake, including Wollaston Lake; and
      • a large pocket encompassing the southern half of the province extending as far north as Flin Flon and Prince Albert.
    • Moderate Drought in:
      • a large pocket in the south encompassing Kindersley, Humboldt and Yorkton, extending as far south as the United States border.
    • Severe Drought in:
      • a large pocket in the south encompassing Watrous, Eastend, and Estevan.
    • Extreme Drought in:
      • a large pocket encompassing Swift Current, Regina, and Assiniboia.
    • Exceptional Drought in:
      • a small area along the Unites States border including Coronach.
  • Manitoba:
    • Abnormally Dry conditions in:
      • a large pocket in the southern half of the province; and
      • a pocket in the east encompassing Shamattawa, Oxford House, and Garden Hill.
    • Moderate Drought in:
      • a small pocket along the southeastern Saskatchewan border, including Swan River and Melita;
      • an small pocket extending from the United States Border surrounding Carman, Altona, and Emerson; and
      • a small pocket in the south east corner touching the United States border surrounding Moose Lake.
  • Ontario:
    • Abnormally Dry conditions in:
      • a large pocket in the north stretching from the Manitoba border extending to the west coast of the James Bay, surrounding Red Rock, Fort Hope, and Ear Falls;
      • a tiny pocket surrounding Windsor.
    • Moderate Drought in:
      • a small pocket encompassing Cat Lake;
      • a small pocket northeast of Big Trout Lake; and
      • a thin pocket along the western coast of James Bay including Attawapiskat.
  • Québec:
    • Abnormally Dry conditions in:
      • a pocket along either side of the St. Lawrence River surrounding Saguenay, St-Georges, and New Richmond extending to the New Brunswick border;
      • a small pocket surrounding Amos and Val-d’Or; and
      • an area covering the eastern half of Anticosti Island.
    • Moderate Drought in:
      • A thin pocket along the New Brunswick border from Murdochville to La Pocatiere.
  • New Brunswick:
    • Abnormally Dry conditions in:
      • a pocket surrounding the entire province.
    • Moderate Drought in:
      • a pocket extending from the United States border to Sussex including Fredericton and Woodstock.
  • Nova Scotia:
    • Abnormally Dry conditions in:
      • a pocket along the Northumberland Strait surrounding Antigonish, Amherst, and Upper Linden; and
      • a tiny pocket on northern Cape Breton Island surrounding Chéticamp.
    • Moderate Drought in:
      • a small pocket surrounding New Glasglow.
  • Prince Edward Island:
    • Abnormally Dry conditions in:
      • a pocket encompassing the entire island.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador:
    • Abnormally Dry conditions in:
      • a large pocket encompassing most of Newfoundland island including Cape Ray, Pasadena, and Calmer.
  • Yukon:
    • Abnormally Dry conditions in:
      • a pocket in the north surrounding Old Crow.
    • Moderate Drought in:
      • a small pocket along the North West Territories border south of Lapierre House.
  • North West Territories:
    • Abnormally Dry conditions in:
      • a pocket south of the Mackenzie Bay encompassing Fort McPherson, Aklavik, and Inuvik; and
      • a small pocket south of Great Slave Lake.
    • Moderate Drought in:
      • a tiny area along the Yukon Territory border south west of Fort McPherson.

Drought has not been analyzed for Nunavut and the Arctic Archipelago.

Regions in northern Canada may not be as accurate as other regions due to limited information.

The Drought Monitor focuses on broad-scale conditions.

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The map may not be accurate for all regions due to data availability and data errors.

Historical drought maps and data (Open Data)
Browse through historic drought data and downloadable monthly maps showing the extent and intensity of drought across Canada.

About the Canadian Drought Monitor
Learn about the CDM and how it classifies drought. Explore links to Canada's partners in continental drought monitoring.

Current drought conditions
View an interactive story map of current drought conditions across the country. Explore maps and narratives describing the drought conditions in each region of Canada.

Canadian Drought Monitor Application
Use the interactive application to cycle through a timeline of drought conditions or add your own data to the map.

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