Mar 22, 2018
By Michael Kramer
Life will be changing for 16 northern communities.
That’s because a new agreement between Ontario First Nations, the federal government and the province – will see the areas connected to the power grid.
The $1.6 billion project will be completed in 2023 – and will shift the communities from dependence on diesel fuel for power – to the provincial electricity grid.
It’s called the Wataynikaneyap Power Grid Connection Project – and Premier Kathleen Wynne says it will be the biggest Indigenous-led and Indigenous-owned infrastructure project – in Ontario’s history.
Wataynikaneyap Power is a majority-owned company by 22 northern First Nations. It was founded in 2015 – and will build the connection to the grid.
In 2014, a study by Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator determined that there was a positive business case – to extend the provincial electricity grid to 21 of the 25 First Nations – that depend on diesel.