Nunavut announces $2 million investment in water facilities

Only eight out of 25 water treatment facilities in Nunavut passed their most recent health and safety tests, according to recent reports.

In question period on May 24, NDP MP Peter Julian rose to speak on this issue.

“Access to safe drinking water is a right that all Canadians deserve,” said NDP MP Peter Julian (New Westminster-Burnaby). “But there are far too many Nunavut communities who are forced to worry about if their water is safe.”

“Our government needs to act now to provide the funding that Nunavut needs to stop this crisis before people get sick," added Nunavut MP Lori Idlout.

The day before, on May 23, the federal government and the Government of Nunavut (GN) had made a joint announcement that it is investing $2 million in funding “for critical improvements to drinking water treatment facilities in Nunavut.”

Clyde River, Coral Harbour, and Igloolik will be the beneficiaries of these investments, which will be used to create proposals towards the upgrade of drinking water treatment facilities in those communities.

These proposals will include studies on design options, cost estimates, and technical aspects.

In addition, the design and construction phases for upgrades to drinking water treatment facilities in Arctic Bay, Grise Fiord, Pond Inlet, Rankin Inlet, and Sanikiluaq are now set to begin, after the completion of an additional planning phase project.

"Investing in infrastructure is key to improving Northerners’ quality of life and positioning Nunavut communities for growth,” commented Dan Vandal, minister of Northern Affairs, PrairiesCan and CanNor.

“These crucial planning projects will lay the groundwork for improving the quality and accessibility of drinking water for Nunavummiut. We will continue to support projects that ensure the health and well-being of Nunavummiut for generations to come.”

“This investment into critical planning projects contributes greatly to our goal of enhancing the drinking water infrastructure in Northern communities, and is a key step towards ensuring that Nunavummiut have access to safe and reliable community water sources. This is a significant contribution in our efforts towards creating a stronger and healthier Nunavut,” added David Joanasie, minister of Community and Government Services for the GN.

Kira Wronska Dorward, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Nunavut News