Investing in water and wastewater infrastructure
Budget 2016 provided $1.8 billion over 5 years to improve First Nations water and wastewater infrastructure on reserves.
Budget 2017 committed an additional $49.1 million over 3 years towards access to safe drinking water and Budget 2018 includes an additional $172.6 million over 3 years to support improved water infrastructure, water operator training and innovative First Nations-led technical service delivery models.
Budget 2019 commits to invest an additional $739 million over 5 years for drinking water and wastewater, beginning in fiscal year 2019 to 2020, with $184.9 million per year ongoing. This investment will support continuing efforts to eliminate and prevent long-term drinking water advisories.
Long-term drinking water advisories
Working in partnership with First Nations communities to improve on-reserve water and wastewater infrastructure and expand access to clean drinking water is a priority for Indigenous Services Canada. To learn more about the progress made on the Government of Canada's commitment to end long-term drinking water advisories on public systems on reserves, visit Ending long-term drinking water advisories in First Nations communities.
As of December 31, 2020, $1.82 billion of targeted funds has been invested to support water and wastewater-related infrastructure projects.
Progress since November 2015
As of December 31, 2020:
Ongoing and completed projects include:
- 99 new water and wastewater treatment plants/lagoons
- 436 renovations and upgrades to existing water and wastewater systems
- 70 feasibility studies and projects in the design phase
- 89 supporting projects and initiatives, including training and capacity building
- Canada and Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte announce funding to improve access to safe drinking water for the community
- Government of Canada announces $1.5 billion in new investments for clean drinking water in First Nations communities
- Asubpeechoseewagong Netum Anishinabek (Grassy Narrows First Nation) ends all long term drinking water advisories