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There are different types of compensation included in the settlement. The $8 billion settlement includes:

  • $1.8 billion in compensation to individuals and Impacted First Nation(s);
  • An additional $50 million allocated for eligible individuals who experienced Specified Injuries due to drinking water advisories that lasted at least one year between November 20, 1995, and June 20, 2021;
  • $6 billion to support construction, upgrading, operation, and maintenance of water infrastructure on First Nations land;
  • A renewed commitment to Canada’s Action Plan for the lifting of all long-term drinking water advisories;
  • Planned modernization of Canada’s First Nations drinking water legislation;
  • The creation of a First Nations Advisory Committee on Safe Drinking Water; and
  • Support for First Nations to develop their own safe drinking water by-laws and initiatives.

Canada has agreed to make all reasonable efforts to support the removal of long-term drinking water advisories and will spend at least $6 billion by March 31, 2030, to implement this commitment by funding the actual cost of construction, upgrading, operation, and maintenance of water infrastructure in First Nations communities.  

Ripple line

If you are a member of an Impacted First Nation and lived on First Nations lands subject to a drinking water advisory that lasted at least one year between November 20, 1995 and June 20, 2021, you may be eligible for compensation as an Individual Class Member. 

Compensation is also available for: 

  • Persons under disability; 
  • Minor children;  
  • Deceased Individual Class Members  who passed away on or after November 20, 2017, and  
  • Individuals who have experienced Specified Injuries related to a drinking water advisory that lasted at least one year between November 20, 1995, and June 20, 2021. 

There is a separate Representative Claim Form for personal representatives applying on behalf of minor children, persons under disability or Deceased Individual Class Member. 

IMPORTANT due to legislative limitations, individuals who were born before November 20, 1995, are only eligible for compensation going back to November 20, 2013. This limitation is in place because of Canadian laws that place limits on the duration adults have to bring a lawsuit after an event happens. There are exceptions in place for those who may have been incapable, because of their physical, mental, or psychological condition. If you are unsure how this limitation applies to you, please contact Class Counsel for more information.   

You may be eligible for compensation even if your First Nation or a First Nation on which you lived, does not participate in the settlement. 

Excluded parties

The settlement excludes members of the following First Nations, which are bringing their claims in a different way 

  • Tsuu T’ina Nation  
  • Sucker Creek First Nation  
  • Ermineskin Cree Nation  
  • Blood Tribe (Kainai Nation) 
  • The Okanagan Indian Band  

Eligible individuals may receive a payment for each year they ordinarily resided on Impacted First Nations subject to a drinking water advisory that lasted at least one year between November 20, 1995 and June 20, 2021. The amount of compensation varies and is dependent on each eligible year, the type of water advisory and the remoteness of the First Nation you ordinarily resided on.   

Please see the list of Impacted First Nations or the Interactive map and hover over the location of the First Nation(s) you resided on. 

For more information, see the Notice Documents. 

There is $50 million in compensation available for those who experienced certain Specified Injuries because they complied with drinking water advisories or did not have access to safe water.  

You may be eligible for compensation if you experienced Specified Injuries related to the drinking water advisories, and associated with the following types of harm:  

  • Digestive (gastroenterological) 
  • Respiratory/Breathing 
  • Dermatological (skin) 
  • Liver 
  • Neurological (brain/nervous system) 
  • Bloodstream infections 
  • Kidney 
  • Tumors or Cancer 
  • Mental Health  

If claiming for Specified Injuries, you must complete Part 4 and Part 5 of the Individual Claim Form or Representative Claim Form.

If you are an Impacted First Nation and submit a Band Council Acceptance Resolution, you will receive compensation.  Impacted First Nations who submit the Band Council Acceptance Resolution will receive
$500,000 plus an additional amount equal to 50% of the amounts paid to eligible Individual Class Members who ordinarily resided in their community.
First Nations  have until December 2, 2022, to confirm their acceptance by submitting a Band Council Acceptance Resolution. The Administrator will contact the Band Office to assist with this process.