Supporting First Nations control of water delivery

Supporting First Nations communities to assume control and delivery of infrastructure, including water and wastewater services.

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First Nations control of services

Indigenous Services Canada's (ISC) mandate includes gradually transferring services to First Nations-led organizations. ISC and First Nations communities are working together to transfer the care and control of water and wastewater services to First Nations bodies. Similar efforts are being made in education, housing and child and family services.

The transfer of services administered by ISC to First Nations:

For water and wastewater services, this includes the development, provision, assessment and improvement of programs and services to support clean water. Communities will be supported by Indigenous institutions in financing, procurement and maintenance of public infrastructure.

Transfer of water and wastewater services to the Atlantic First Nations Water Authority

The Atlantic First Nations Water Authority (AFNWA) and the Minister of Indigenous Services signed a historic transfer agreement on November 7, 2022. This began the transfer of responsibility for the operation, maintenance, and capital upgrades of all water and wastewater assets in participating First Nations to the AFNWA.

Once this transfer is complete, the AFNWA will assume responsibility over water and wastewater services to more than 4,500 homes and businesses on reserve. This represents approximately 60% of First Nations people who live on reserve in Atlantic Canada.

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