Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

March 19, 2009 14:07 ET

Canada's Economic Action Plan Delivers New Water Treatment Plant for Moose Deer Point First Nation in Ontario

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 19, 2009) - The Government of Canada is taking action to ensure members of Moose Deer Point First Nation have access to safe water by supporting a new water treatment system, thanks to Canada's Economic Action Plan (http://www.budget.gc.ca/2009/home-accueil-eng.asp).

"The new water treatment plant for Moose Deer Point will provide essential water services, ensuring the health and safety of residents," said The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, on behalf of the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians. "Providing strong and viable on-reserve water infrastructure by improving First Nations water facilities is a priority for our Government."

This project is part of the $165 million for water and wastewater projects included in the $1.4 billion investment for Aboriginal peoples under the Economic Action Plan. Project work will include construction of a new water treatment plant, as well as repairs to current infrastructure. The water treatment plant, reservoir, and distribution system will connect three parcels of land which are separated by a wildlife nature reserve, providing safe, potable water to residents.

Moose Deer Point Chief Barron King states "water is essential for life. Providing clean, safe drinking water is critical for the health and well being of our community. We look forward to building a new water treatment plant with Canada's support and assistance, he said.

The Government of Canada is investing in projects that will provide lasting, sustainable benefits for First Nation communities. The government has made solid progress in improving water conditions on reserves across the country. For example, the number of high risk systems has been reduced by two-thirds. In 2006, there were 193 high risk systems. Today, this number has been reduced to 58. There were also 21 priority communities identified in 2006, meaning they had both a high-risk system and a drinking water advisory. Today, only four communities remain on that list.

The government is also taking decisive action to improve water conditions through the First Nations Water and Wastewater Action Plan (http://www.ainc-inac.gc.ca/ai/mr/nr/j-a2008/2-3019-eng.asp?p1=209557&p2=6293).

Costs of projects announced today will be identified following the competitive tendering process.

This news release is also available on the Internet at: www.inac-ainc.gc.ca

Backgrounders on water are available on the Internet at: www.inac-ainc.gc.ca

First Nations profiles are available on the Internet at: http://www.ainc-inac.gc.ca/ap/fn/index-eng.asp

Contact Information

  • INAC
    Media Relations
    819-953-1160
    or
    Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
    Nina Chiarelli
    Press Secretary
    819-997-0002