Eabametoong First Nation takes key step forward toward a new water treatment plant

News Release

The Government of Canada is pleased to support Eabametoong First Nation on the awarding of a contract to design and construct a new water treatment plant in their community.

When completed, the new water treatment plant will eliminate a long-term drinking water advisory that has been in place since 2001.

The Government of Canada is investing more than $12 million towards the project, which has been awarded to Penn-Co Construction Canada (2003) Ltd.

Work is scheduled to begin immediately and has a target completion date of early 2019.


“I am pleased to see this project move forward in Eabametoong First Nation. This water treatment plant will give its residents ready access to clean, safe drinking water, something they have been denied for too long.”

The Honourable Jane Philpott,
Minister of Indigenous Services

“Clean drinkable water will be returning to Eabametoong for the first time in almost two decades. Those who have lived their whole lives without being able to drink water straight from the tap will have their first glass of water a little over a year from now. We are looking forward to that day."

Chief Elizabeth Atlookan
Eabametoong First Nation

Quick Facts

  • Eabametoong First Nation is approximately 390 kilometres north-northeast of Thunder Bay, Ontario, and has a population of approximately 1,530.

  • The new plant will use a rapid-sand filtration system, which has low operation and maintenance costs, as well as ultra-violet light and chlorination disinfection systems.

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For more information, media may contact:

Andrew MacKendrick
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Jane Philpott

DISC Media Relations
Department of Indigenous Services Canada

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