Harper Government Invests in Water and Wastewater Projects on Reserve
WINNIPEG, Feb. 17, 2014 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is committed to
working with First Nations to support strong and healthy communities.
Through the Economic Action Plan 2014, the Government of Canada is delivering on its commitment to address
water and wastewater issues by extending the First Nation Water and Wastewater Action Plan (FNWWAP) with further investments of $323.4 million over the next two
These new investments will build upon the concrete action the Government
of Canada has taken to support First Nation communities in improving
water and wastewater infrastructure. This includes the recent passage
of the Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act, enhanced capacity building and operator training, and the protection
of public health.
These investments will continue to support the comprehensive long-term
plan to improve drinking water and wastewater systems on First Nation
lands, founded on four pillars: enhanced capacity building and
operator training; enforceable standards and protocols; infrastructure
investments; and protection of public health.
Budget 2014 includes $323.4 over two years for FNWWAP.
FNWWAP was introduced in 2008.
The initiative funds water and wastewater treatment facility
construction and renovation, operation and maintenance of facilities,
training of operators and related public health activities on reserves.
Between 2006 and 2014, the Government of Canada will have invested
approximately $3 billion to support First Nation communities in
managing their water and wastewater infrastructure, and in related
The Act enables the Government to work with First Nations to develop
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.
"Improving water quality in First Nation communities is a priority for
our Government and I am extremely pleased that EAP 2014 includes $323.4
million over two years to improve water and waste water infrastructure
in First Nation communities. Our Government will continue working with
First Nations towards our shared goal of ensuring that First Nations
have the same access to safe, clean drinking water in their communities
as all other Canadians."
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
"Our Government is committed to ensuring that First Nation communities
have access to safe drinking water. Through continued investments in
the First Nations Water and Wastewater Action Plan, we are working with
First Nations to monitor and provide advice on drinking water quality
and support for wastewater programming, including public health
inspections and public education in First Nations communities."
Minister of Health
"MKO and the Island Lake First Nations are pleased that Budget 2014
commits $323.4 million over the next two years to bring clean running
water into more homes in the Island Lake and other MKO First Nations.
The additional investment in retrofitting homes with indoor plumbing
and in water and wastewater treatment systems will enhance the health
and well-being of everyone living in these First Nations. The
additional investments through the First Nations Water and Wastewater
Action Plan will also result in positive economic impacts through
retrofitting and construction projects in the communities. MKO looks
forward to making future investments in community water and wastewater
lines that will connect all homes to clean running water and to
wastewater treatment systems."
Grand Chief David Harper
Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak
2009-2011 National Assessment Report
Backgrounder - First Nations Water and Wastewater Action Plan
SOURCE: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
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