Water in First Nations communities
Find out how the Government of Canada works with First Nations to end long-term drinking water advisories and improve water and wastewater systems on reserve.
Claims period now open
As of March 7, 2022, the claims period for the First Nations drinking water settlement is now open.
For more information and to apply for compensation, visit First Nations Drinking Water Settlement.
Courts approve settlement agreement
The Federal Court (FC) and the Court of Queen's Bench of Manitoba (MBQB) issued a joint decision approving an agreement to settle class-action litigation related to safe drinking water in First Nations communities:
Services and information
Water projects, remaining advisories by community, training, operations and investments
Learn about progress in ending long-term drinking water advisories on reserve.
Learn about short-term drinking water advisories in First Nations communities south of the 60th parallel.
Learn about different types of drinking water advisories in First Nations communities.
Learn about wastewater in First Nation communities.
Learn how the responsibility for providing water on reserve is shared between First Nations and the Government of Canada.
Learn how First Nations communities are assuming control and delivery of infrastructure services.
Find out how First Nation community operators get trained through the Circuit Rider Training Program.
An annual award recognizing the contribution of a First Nation to clean and safe drinking water.
Learn how the Government of Canada works with First Nations communities to ensure effective monitoring of water quality.
Find protocols, guidelines and the policy for water and wastewater systems in First Nations communities.
Follow this step-by-step checklist on how to visually inspect your well.
Engagement on proposed legislation to support safe, reliable drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in First Nations communities.
Understand the results of the assessment, find national and regional reports and review the department's response plan.