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.

As part of investments to support water and wastewater systems, Budget 2019 committed $133.4 million over 2 years to support urgent repairs to vulnerable water and wastewater systems.

The 2020 Fall Economic Statement announced funding to help meet the Government of Canada's commitment to clean drinking water in First Nations communities, including a targeted investment of $830.3 million to support water and wastewater infrastructure on reserves.   

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 March 31, 2021, $2.05 billion of targeted funds has been invested to support water and wastewater-related infrastructure projects.

Progress since November 2015

As of  March 31, 2021:

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  • 733 water and wastewater-related infrastructure projects:
    • 407 projects completed
    • 326 projects ongoing
  • 581 First Nations communities benefitting

Ongoing and completed projects include:

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