The federal government is committed to ensuring all long-term drinking water advisories in First Nations communities are lifted.
On March 10th, we marked a historic milestone in our partnership with First Nations communities – the 100th and 101st long-term drinking water advisory lifts since this government came into office. Our commitment to lift all long-term drinking water advisories on public systems on reserve remains firm – we will continue working to ensure every single one will be lifted.
Back in 2015, the government made a promise to First Nations and Canadians alike to end the unacceptable long-term drinking water advisories affecting First Nations communities. Before then, there was no tracking of how many advisories existed, or plans for each one to be resolved. Under the previous government, the funding was short-term and did not allow for long-term planning. Most importantly, there was no commitment to fix this issue.
Together we have made tremendous progress. With 101 drinking advisories lifted, over 450,000 First Nations now have access to clean drinking water. Our government is not slowing down, we will lift the remaining advisories and continue to invest in long-term solutions to ensure no other generation will grow up without clean drinking water.
For more information, please see the news release.