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:

Description of water and wastewater project totals:
  • 694 water and wastewater-related infrastructure projects:
    • 393 projects completed
    • 301 projects ongoing
  • 581 First Nations communities benefitting

Ongoing and completed projects include:

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