Clean Water for First Nations: Is the Government Spending Enough?
This report builds on the PBO’s 2017 report and responds to a request from Senator Renée Dupuis to examine budget sufficiency for First Nations water and wastewater systems on reserve.
- Long-term drinking water advisories remain on First Nations reserves in 2021. Significant federal investments have recently been announced to improve on reserve water and wastewater infrastructure.
- PBO finds that the historical spending since 2016-2017 and planned spending until 2025-2026 is expected to be sufficient for capital requirements but not for operation and maintenance costs.
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