Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act

On February 29, 2012, Bill S-8, Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act, was introduced in the Senate.

While the spirit of the legislation is the same as former Bill S-11, which died on the Order Paper when Parliament was dissolved March 26, 2011, the Government has incorporated significant changes based on feedback received from First Nations, Senators and Members of Parliament.

This enabling legislation is a vital step towards ensuring First Nations have the same health and safety protections for drinking water as other Canadians.

This legislation will allow the Government to develop, in partnership with First Nations, enforceable federal regulations to ensure access to safe, clean and reliable drinking water; the effective treatment of wastewater; and the protection of sources of water on First Nation lands.

On June 19, 2013, this important enabling bill was passed into law.

The Bill

You can read the entire Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act   on the Parliament of Canada's website.

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