It is unacceptable that in 2018, there are children living on reserve in Canada who cannot safely drink, bathe, or even play in the water that comes out of their taps.
Our government has been working with First Nations’ communities across the country to fix this, including investing $11.6 million toward the construction of a new water treatment plant in Slate Falls Nation.
As of Feb. 12, 11 long-term drinking water advisories have been lifted in Slate Falls Nation in Northwestern Ontario.
The new water system will provide clean and dependable drinking water to residents, a local elementary school, the local health centre, and a nurse’s residence, as well as improved fire protection capacity.
After almost 14 years of being under boil-water advisories, this significantly will improve the quality of life for people in Slate Falls.
Since Budget 2016 was announced, our government has invested in 349 water and wastewater projects in 275 communities across the country, which serve more than 270,000 people.
“As of today, 81 long-term drinking water advisories on public systems on reserve remain in place. This is far too many,” said local MP Don Rusnak.
“Lifting these advisories is a priority of the federal government, and we are on track to meeting our goal of lifting the remaining advisories by March, 2021,” he noted.