Funding in limbo as Ottawa pushes rules for clean water on reserves

A major fund for clean water on reserves is set to expire even as the Conservatives introduced a new bill that aimed at improving water quality for First Nations.

OTTAWA — A major fund for clean water on reserves is set to expire even as the Conservatives introduced a new bill that aimed at improving water quality for First Nations.

Government estimates released this week show that the First Nations water and wastewater action plan is scheduled to wind up next month. That means reserves will see $159.2 million less in funding in the new fiscal year, unless the government renews the fund.

At the same time, the government has just introduced a bill that would prescribe clean water on reserves — but the bill has no funding attached.

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