Chronology - Water

February 17, 2014

Economic Action Plan 2014 committed to the continued implementation of the First Nations Water and Wastewater Action Plan with $323.4 million over two years to improve water and wastewater infrastructure in First Nation communities.

November 1, 2013

The Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act comes into force.

June 19, 2013

Bill S-8, the Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act receives Royal Assent.

June 10, 2013

Bill S-8, the Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act receives third reading in the House of Commons and amendments are concurred on by the Senate.

May 30, 2013

Bill S-8, the Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act is adopted by the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development with an amendment. During clause-by-clause consideration, Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development amends the bill to remove the opt-in provisions.

May 21, 23 and 28, 2013

Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development holds hearings on Bill S-8, the Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act. The Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development and government officials, as well as First Nation organizations and experts from across the country, appear before the committee.

May 8, 2013

Bill S-8, the Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act receives second reading in the House and is referred to the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.

November 2012

Second reading debates on Bill S-8, the Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act begin.

June 2012

Bill S-8, the Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act, is referred to the House of Commons after having been adopted by the Senate of Canada without amendments.

June 11, 13 and 18, 2012

Bill S-8, the Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act third reading debate and passage in the Senate.

June 7, 2012

Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples reports Bill S-8 to the Senate without amendments and with observations.

May 1, 8, 9, 16 and 29 and June 6, 2012

Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples holds hearings on Bill S-8, the Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act. The Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development and government officials, as well as First Nation organizations and experts from across the country, appear before the committee.

April 25, 2012

Bill S-8, the Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act receives second reading in the Senate and is referred to the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples.

March 2012

Economic Action Plan 2012 proposes $330.8 million over two years to build and renovate water infrastructure on-reserve and to support the development of a long-term strategy to improve water quality in First Nations communities.

March 7, 2012

Bill S-8 second reading debate in the Senate.

February 29, 2012

Government of Canada introduces in the Senate Bill S-8, the Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act, to protect drinking water in First Nation communities.

October 2010 – October 2011

The Government and First Nation organizations continue to hold discussions on proposed legislation.

July 14, 2011

Department releases independent National Assessment of First Nations Water and Wastewater Systems. Report states the need for a water and wastewater regulatory regime and standards on-reserve. The Assessment shows that the operation and maintenance, operator qualification, and record keeping account for 60 per cent of risk measured.

March 26, 2011

Bill S-11, the Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act dies on the Order Paper in the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples when the 40th Parliament is dissolved.

February 2 – March 9, 2011

Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples holds hearings on Bill S-8. The Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development and government officials, as well as First Nation organizations and experts from across the country, appear before the Committee.

December 14, 2010

Senate refers Bill S-11, the Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act to the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples.

June 1 – December 14, 2010

Bill S-11, the Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act second reading debate in the Senate.

May 26, 2010

Introduction of Bill S-11, the Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act in the Senate.

March 4, 2010

In Budget 2010, Leading the Way on Jobs and Growth, the Government extends the First Nations Water and Wastewater Action Plan (FNWWAP) for two more years for an additional $330 million.

September 2, 2009

Discussions begin with regional First Nations and First Nation organizations on specific regional issues regarding the legislative proposal.

June 8, 2009

A fourth annual progress report on water is released by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC).

May 25, 2009

AANDC announces the awarding of a contract to conduct the National Assessment of First Nations Water and Wastewater Systems.

March 19, 2009

AANDC announces 14 of the 18 water and wastewater projects as part of the $165 million for water included in the $1.4 billion investment for Aboriginal peoples under Canada's Economic Action Plan.

February – March, 2009 

Engagement sessions on the development of a federal legislative framework for drinking water and wastewater in First Nation communities begin in Whitehorse, Yukon, and continue across the country in nine regions. This is part of the Government's commitment identified in FNWWAP to consult with First Nations on a legislative framework for water and wastewater in First Nation communities.

January 27, 2009

In Budget 2009, Canada's Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada announces $515 million over two years to accelerate infrastructure projects in First Nation communities, including $165 million targeted for water and wastewater projects.

April 15, 2008

AANDC and Health Canada announce details of the $330 million two-year investment identified in Budget 2008 in the FNWWAP that outline new measures to improve drinking water for First Nation communities. The government commits to: nearly double the number of trainers in the Circuit Rider Training Program; conduct a National Assessment of First Nations Water and Wastewater Service needs in all First Nation communities; clarify standards by revising the existing water protocol and developing additional protocols for wastewater systems and small systems (such as wells and septic systems); and consult with First Nation communities and organizations to develop a legislative framework for water and wastewater.

The Government's response to the eighth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples entitled Safe Drinking Water for First Nations is tabled in the Senate.

February 26, 2008

In Budget 2008, an investment of approximately $330 million over two years to improve drinking water on First Nation lands is announced.

January 17, 2008

A third annual progress report on the Plan of Action for Drinking Water in First Nations Communities is released by AANDC.

May 2007

The Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples holds hearings to examine and report on recent work completed in relation to drinking water in First Nation communities.

May 31, 2007

The Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples tables its eighth report Safe Drinking Water for First Nations.

April 2007

A joint workshop is held between AANDC officials and the Assembly of First Nations Technical Water Expert Group. The purpose of the workshop is to engage AFN technical experts in a discussion on the federal government's proposed legislative framework. The facilitated, two day workshop focuses on information sharing, principal challenges, solutions and engagement.

March 22, 2007

Another progress report on water is released by AANDC and Health Canada.

With the release of the progress report, the Water is a Treasure school activity kit is also launched. The kit is produced to increase awareness among First Nation children from Kindergarten to Grade 6 about the importance of clean, safe, and reliable water.

December 7, 2006

Report of the Expert Panel on Safe Drinking Water for First Nations released. This fulfilled a commitment made as part of the Plan of Action for Drinking Water in First Nation Communities, announced on March 21, 2006.

January 2007

The Government of Canada tables a progress report outlining progress made on all aspects of its 2006 five-point plan of action.

June – August, 2006

The Expert Panel on Safe Drinking Water for First Nations holds hearings in nine locations across Canada to engage with First Nations and other stakeholders.

May 31, 2006

AANDC, together with the AFN, Health Canada and Environment Canada, announces the creation of the Expert Panel to provide advice on options for an appropriate regulatory framework, including new legislation for drinking water and wastewater on First Nation lands.

May 2, 2006

Budget 2006 identified $450 million for First Nation communities to improve water supply, housing, education outcomes, and socio-economic conditions for Aboriginal women, children and families.

March 21, 2006

The Government of Canada launches a five-point Plan of Action for Drinking Water in First Nation Communities to: 1) address the most serious water quality problems on First Nation communities; 2) to establish national standards for the operation of treatment facilities; 3) to ensure mandatory training for all treatment plant operators; 4) to establish a panel of experts to advise on the appropriate regulatory framework; and 5) to report on progress.