More than a dozen provinces and territories have issued water alerts, with the federal government urging residents to conserve and reduce their water use.
In Manitoba, residents have been urged to stay indoors and conserve water and reduce outdoor activities.
Saskatchewan also has issued alerts.
Water-related emergencies are expected to peak on Tuesday, when the provincial government warns people to conserve water, reduce outdoor water use and conserve the amount of water they use for cooking, heating and other daily activities.
The federal government issued its first emergency drought alert Tuesday for northern Ontario, saying the region’s lakes and rivers are under pressure.
Ontario is experiencing more than one-fifth of its rainfall over the past month.
The province’s water advisory for southern Ontario and eastern Ontario, which includes Hamilton, will be issued Tuesday.
In Ontario, residents in southwestern Ontario, including Burlington, Brockville and Niagara Falls, are being urged to conserve more water as the drought intensifies.
Ontario’s water-use advisory is being issued in the morning and afternoon.
In the northeast, the government is issuing an alert for northern Alberta, including Fort McMurray, Edmonton, Calgary and Calgary-area communities.
Residents in southwestern Manitoba are being warned to conserve their water and limit outdoor activities as the state has been hit hard by drought conditions.
In southern Manitoba, the provincial advisory is expected to be issued Wednesday morning.
In Alberta, Environment Canada says a high-intensity fire activity has begun in the remote Alta.
Residents are being advised to conserve as the wildfire is still burning out of control.