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Nibinamik First Nation upgrades power with $2.4M fed money

The two new generators will provide energy to 105 homes in the community and other essential infrastructure

July 27, 2020  by CM Staff

OTTAWA — The federal government has announced an investment of $2,369,381 for the purchase and installation of two new diesel generating units for northern Ontario’s Nibinamik First Nation.

The two new generators will provide energy to 105 homes in the community and other essential infrastructure.

Marc Miller, minister of Indigenous Services, said in a statement, “The new generators in Nibinamik First Nation will provide reliable electricity to their homes and allow for future community growth and better economic development opportunities. We will continue to work with Indigenous communities to co-develop distinctions-based infrastructure plans that will address their critical needs, including clean energy infrastructure, as Canada moves towards a cleaner and greener future.”

Chief Sheldon Oskineegish, Nibinamik First Nation, also commented, “We are excited to be moving forward with the required work at the power plant to meet the current needs of our community. This upgrade will provide my community with access to reliable power and will help to ensure the sustainability of our infrastructural needs. It is imperative that a long-term solution is collaboratively developed to ensure that future generations have the best quality of life.”

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Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) approved $900,000 in 2019-2020 for Nibinamik to purchase two new diesel generators including a 725 kilowatt (kw) unit and 545 kw unit. The detailed design for the generator installations was also funded under this project.

On June 2, 2020, ISC approved $1,469,381 for the construction phase of a project to have both of the new generator units installed and hooked up to the diesel generating station. Work is scheduled to begin immediately with the project expected to be complete by fall 2020.