Three levels of government joined together today to announce a new $8.8 million investment in water and wastewater infrastructure in First Nations communities across Ontario.

Michelle Solomon, councillor of the Fort William First Nation said, “Fort William First Nation has been in need of the approved Infrastructure projects for quite some time. On behalf of the Chief of Fort William First Nation, I would like to acknowledge both the governments of Canada and Ontario for following through on the commitments that they made to ensure that First Nation communities have the same access to clean drinking water and state of the art infrastructure, that the rest of the Canada benefits from. This investment into the First Nations communities will help to ensure the protection, health and well being of First Nation people and resources.”

Part of the federal government’s Clean Water and Wastewater Fund, the monies will be used for water and wastewater control system upgrades in Nipissing First Nation, a new generator for the water treatment plant in the Brunswick House First Nation, and stormwater system improvements in Fort William First Nation.

The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, and Member of Parliament for ThunderBay–Superior North said,  “All Canadians should have access to safe and reliable drinking water. Working in partnership with First Nations across Ontario, the Government of Canada is supporting sustainable solutions to address water infrastructure on-reserve. Today’s investment will help First Nations better protect public health and safeguard the property and livelihoods of residents and businesses while conserving the local environment.”

The Honourable Bill Mauro, Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and Member of Provincial Parliament for Thunder Bay–Atikokan added, “By supporting First Nations’ progress toward sustainable access to reliable water and wastewater services, we are helping to build a cleaner environment and healthier, more livable communities. The province of Ontario is committed to investing in the repairs and restorations needed to local clean water and wastewater infrastructure.”






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