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Name of lead department(s): Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC)

Lead department program: Infrastructure and Capacity

Start date of the Horizontal Initiative: April 1, 2008

End date of the Horizontal Initiative: March 31, 2014

Total federal funding allocation (start to end date): $2,395,734,434

In 2008, the federal government announced $735,639,806 in funding for the first two years of this initiative. Of this amount, $202,500,000 was funded from existing reference levels in each of the fiscal years 2008–2009 and 2009–2010. New funds were sourced from the Fiscal Framework, as confirmed in Budget 2008. This new funding totaled $165,318,143 in fiscal year 2008–2009 and $165,321,663 in 2009–2010 and included employee benefit plans and Public Works and Government Services Canada accommodation requirements.

The program was extended for an additional two years, with funding confirmed as part of Budget 2010. This provided an additional $845,547,800 in investments for water and wastewater infrastructure over the extended period of the program from 2010–2012.

Budget 2012 allotted the same investment amounts for the water and wastewater action plan for a further two-year period. The Government of Canada released $330.8 million over the two years, in addition to the existing funding of $209,373,064 for 2012–1013 and $209,293,764 for 2013–2014. The total planned investment in safe water and wastewater for First Nations over the fiscal periods of 2012–2013 and 2013–2014 is $749,446,828. The total federal funding allocation since 2008 has been $2,395,734,434.

Description of the Horizontal Initiative (including funding agreement):

The prime objective of the First Nations Water and Wastewater Action Plan (FNWWAP) is to help First Nation communities on reserves bring their drinking water and wastewater services to a level and quality of service comparable to those enjoyed by Canadians living in communities of similar size and location. There are five key activity areas in the FNWWAP: infrastructure investments, operations and maintenance, training, monitoring and awareness, and standards.

To meet the objectives of the FNWWAP, several program enhancements have been introduced, including the following:

The FNWWAP was implemented as part of government commitments in the 2007 Speech from the Throne, Budget 2008, Budget 2010 and Budget 2012 to support First Nation access to safe drinking water. It supports the continued commitment to promote access to clean water in Aboriginal communities announced in the 2011 Speech from the Throne.

The FNWWAP supports AANDC's strategic outcome, The Land and The Economy: Full participation of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis individuals and communities in the economy. The FNWWAP also supports the Health Canada (HC) strategic outcome of the department's First Nations and Inuit Health Programming and Services: Better health outcomes and reduction of health inequalities between First Nations and Inuit and other Canadians.

More information is available at these websites:

Shared outcome(s):

The FNWWAP works toward the achievement of four outcomes:

Governance structure(s):

The FNWWAP is a successor to the joint First Nations Water Management Strategy (2003–2008) and the AANDC Plan of Action for Drinking Water (2006–2008). A memorandum of understanding has been in place between AANDC and HC since 2005 regarding data sharing related to drinking water. AANDC shares information about proposed water and wastewater infrastructure investments, the annual inspections of water and wastewater treatment plants, and action related to drinking water advisories. Similarly, HC shares information such as drinking water sample results that do not meet the Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality and reasons for recommending drinking water advisories. At the working level, the Strategic Water Management on Reserve Committee, which includes representatives from HC, AANDC, Environment Canada and the Assembly of First Nations, provides a forum to share information and coordinate joint action, although this is not a formal decision-making body. It also provides integrated and coordinated leadership and a vehicle to work toward safe drinking water for First Nation communities and implement the FNWWAP.

Directors general and assistant deputy ministers from HC and AANDC meet when needed to exchange and coordinate action on all relevant issues related to the FNWWAP.

Planning Highlights

Since 2011–2012, AANDC has responded strategically to the findings of the National Assessment of Water and Wastewater in First Nation communities. The Government of Canada is reducing water and wastewater system risk through three pillars of action:

1. Enhanced capacity building and operation training:

2. Enforceable Water and Wastewater Standards:

3. Capital Investments in 2013–2014:

 

Federal Partner: Health Canada and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
Federal Partner
Program
Names of programs funded
under the horizontal initiative
$
Total Allocation
(from Start to End Date)
Planned Spending
for 2014–2014
Infrastructure and Capacity FNWWAP funding TBC TBC
Infrastructure and Capacity A-base funding TBC TBC
Total TBC TBC

Expected results by program:

Since 2011–2012, AANDC has been responding strategically to the findings of the National Assessment in order to improve results for water and wastewater in First Nation communities. Over the next two years, the Government of Canada has committed nearly $750 million (AANDC $684.3 million, Health Canada $65.2 million) in water and wastewater investments. AANDC will continue to support the enhancement of First Nation capacity to maintain their water and wastewater infrastructure by building and maintaining strong relationships and working closely with partners and key stakeholders.

By working to increase the percentage of First Nations with low-risk water and wastewater systems, the Government of Canada is helping First Nations meet health and safety standards and provide their residents with similar levels of service to those in off-reserve communities. This effort supports the FNWWAP shared outcomes and the FSDS goal of protecting and enhancing water so that it is clean, safe and secure for all Canadians and supports healthy ecosystems.

AANDC

Federal Partner: Health Canada
Federal Partner
Program
Names of programs funded
under the horizontal initiative
$
Total Allocation
(from Start to End Date)
Planned Spending
for 2013–2014
First Nations and Inuit Health Drinking Water Safety Program – FNNWAP funding TBC TBC
Drinking Water Safety Program – A based funding TBC TBC
Total TBC TBC

Expected results by program:

Since 2011–2012, AANDC has been responding strategically to the findings of the National Assessment in order to improve results for water and wastewater in First Nation communities. Over the next two years, the Government of Canada has committed nearly $750 million (AANDC $684.3 million, Health Canada $65.2 million) in water and wastewater investments. AANDC will continue to support the enhancement of First Nation capacity to maintain their water and wastewater infrastructure by building and maintaining strong relationships and working closely with partners and key stakeholders.

By working to increase the percentage of First Nations with low-risk water and wastewater systems, the Government of Canada is helping First Nations meet health and safety standards and provide their residents with similar levels of service to those in off-reserve communities. This effort supports the FNWWAP shared outcomes and the FSDS goal of protecting and enhancing water so that it is clean, safe and secure for all Canadians and supports healthy ecosystems.

Health Canada

 

Total Allocation For All Federal Partners
(from Start to End Date)
Total Planned Spending for All Federal
Partners for 2014–2015
TBC TBC

Results to be achieved by non-federal partners (if applicable):
N/A

Contact Information

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
David Smith
Director
Program Design and Regional Partnerships Directorate, Community Infrastructure Branch
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
Telephone: 819-953-6043
david.smith@aadnc-aandc.gc.ca

Health Canada
Ivy Chan
Director
Health Canada
Interprofessional Advisory and Program Support, Environmental Public Health Division
First Nations and Inuit Health Branch
Telephone: 613-948-7773
ivy.chan@hc-sc.gc.ca

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