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Lac Seul First Nation

Lac Seul First Nation

July 30, 2015 14:30 ET

Lac Seul to Receive Funding for Kejick Bay Water Treatment Plant

Project approved under the Small Communities Fund

LAC SEUL FIRST NATION, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 30, 2015) -

Residents of Lac Seul First Nation will benefit from a water treatment plant thanks to joint funding from the Governments of Canada and Ontario through the Small Communities Fund.

This project will include the construction of a new building at the water treatment plant in Kejick Bay in order to add a membrane filtration system to the water treatment process. Once completed, these upgrades will help deliver efficient and reliable water services, improving the quality of drinking water in the community and surrounding communities. The project announced today is among 77 recently selected projects, for approximately $260 million in joint federal and provincial funding, under the Small Communities Fund in Ontario.

The $1-billion Small Communities Fund provides funding for priority public infrastructure projects that deliver on local needs. Canada and Ontario will each provide $272 million to support projects in communities across the province with fewer than 100,000 residents. This funding will help address local priorities, supporting job creation and economic growth, thus sustaining a high quality of life in small communities across Ontario for years to come.

Quick Facts

  • The Government of Canada will provide up to $1,810,000 through the Small Communities Fund for this project.
  • The Province of Ontario will contribute up to $1,810,000 to this project.
  • Lac Seul First Nation will be responsible for all remaining costs of the project.


"Our Government's commitment to Northwestern Ontario has never been stronger. We have made significant investments in water and wastewater infrastructure across the Kenora riding, from the new raw water intake pipe twinning project in Dryden to the new wastewater lagoon in Kasabonika Lake First Nation. Today's announcement reconfirms our Government's commitment to priority infrastructure projects that have a strong impact on the quality of life for the people of Northwestern Ontario while helping to create jobs and economic growth."

The Honourable Greg Rickford, Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, Minister of Natural Resources, and Member of Parliament for Kenora

"Today's investment addresses an important local need. Constructing this new water treatment building, with its membrane filtration system, will ensure that the residents of the Lac Seul First Nation community have access to safe, clean water for many years to come. It's part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario's history -- more than $130 billion over 10 years. Through the construction of important infrastructure projects like this one, our government is demonstrating our commitment to building Ontario up by keeping our communities strong and creating new jobs."

The Honourable Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines

"This investment and shared commitment between governments to provide safe clean drinking water to the community of Kejick Bay will have multiple benefits to our nation. Not only will the quality of water improve the quality of life for our people, but this investment will also have positive economic and community benefits and continue to build a positive working relationship with both levels of government."

Chief Clifford Bull, Lac Seul First Nation

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To learn more about the Lac Seul First Nation, please visit

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Contact Information

  • Vincent Rabault, Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Infrastructure,
    Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs,
    and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada
    for the Regions of Quebec

    Andrew Forgione
    Office of the Minister of Economic Development, Employment
    and Infrastructure

    Stephanie Bird
    Executive Assistant to Lac Seul Chief & Council

    Infrastructure Canada
    Toll free: 1-877-250-7154

    Brigitte Marleau
    Communications Branch
    Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and