Progress towards eliminating long-term drinking water advisories in First Nation communities

All Canadians should have access to safe, clean, and reliable drinking water. Working with First Nations and other partners to address water and wastewater infrastructure issues in First Nations communities is a key priority of the Government of Canada. As part of Budget 2016, the Government of Canada committed to end all long-term drinking water advisories (DWAs) affecting INAC-funded public systems on reserve within five years.

This progress is supported as part of $275.7 million in targeted funding towards water and wastewater initiatives, including 201 water and wastewater projects.

Progress as of January 2017

  • 18 long-term drinking water advisories (DWAs) have been removed since November 2015
  • 201 projects to prevent and address long-term DWAs and improve capacity and reliability of water and wastewater systems
  • 29 projects aimed at addressing 44 long-term DWAs affecting water systems financially supported by INAC in 28 communities
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The remaining long-term DWAs are included in a detailed action plan developed to address current DWAs affecting systems supported by INAC. Additional projects will be supported by Budget 2016 to remove all long-term DWAs by 2021.

As part of its long-term strategy, the Government of Canada is streamlining funding processes and working closely with First Nations to prioritize investments in infrastructure and capacity building to address water issues on reserves before they lead to long-term drinking water advisories.

Long-term DWAs progress since November 2015

Text description of long-term DWAs progress since November 2015

This bar graph shows the long-term DWAs progress since November 2015.

In November 2015 there were 77 long-term DWAs and 53 communities affected.

As of January 2017, there are 71 long-term DWAs and 48 communities affected.

All long-term DWAs lifted by 2021

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