Department of Indigenous Services Canada provides update on commitment to end long-term drinking water advisories on public systems on reserve
Government adding close to 250 drinking water systems to clean drinking water commitment; 91 long-term advisories to be lifted by March 2021
January, 23, 2018 Ottawa, ON Department of Indigenous Services Canada
Everyone in Canada deserves access to safe, clean, and reliable drinking water. Our Government is steadfast in our commitment and we remain on track to ending all long-term drinking water advisories on public systems on reserve by March 2021.
Today, the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, announced that the Department of Indigenous Services Canada will add close to 250 drinking water systems to the total number covered by the federal government’s commitment to ensure clean drinking water on public systems on reserve. As a result, the Government will provide financial support to end 24 additional long-term drinking water advisories by March 2021. This brings the total number of long-term drinking water advisories that remain on public systems on reserve to 91 as of January 23, 2018.
The Government is ready to provide support if any additional drinking water advisories become long term or are at risk of becoming long term, on the more than 1,000 public drinking water systems on reserve covered by its commitment.
Budget 2016 provided investments of $1.8 billion over five years to significantly improve on-reserve water and wastewater infrastructure, ensure proper facility operation, maintenance, and support training of water system operations.
Five-year targeted investments provide communities with the necessary funding security in order to plan, design, and implement required upgrades. Budget 2016 also includes $141.7 million over five years in new funding to improve drinking water monitoring and testing on reserve.
“First Nation communities working in partnership with the federal government have started or completed almost 350 projects to improve water and wastewater infrastructure on reserve. As we move into 2018, many of these projects will be completed, and we expect at least 20 additional long-term drinking water advisories will be lifted by the end of the year. We have a lot of hard work ahead, but our Government remains steadfast in our commitment – to lift all long-term drinking water advisories on public systems on reserve by March 2021.”
The Honourable Jane Philpott, M.D., P.C., M.P.
Minister of Indigenous Services
Office of the Honourable Jane Philpott
Department of Indigenous Affairs Canada