Whitesand First Nation Studying Renewable Power
McGuinty Government Supporting Green, Sustainable Northern Economy
Ontario is helping Whitesand First Nation explore green energy solutions and boost economic development.
With support from the Province, the community is studying the feasibility of replacing its diesel power generation facility with a new combined heat and power plant that runs off biomass. The study will address environmental issues land use, waste management and water use issues.
The project is also linked to a proposal by the First Nation to establish a biomass pellet plant within the community, which would help create jobs and boost the local economy.
Investing in Northern Ontario communities is part of the McGuinty government's Growth Plan for Northern Ontario. A strong northern economy creates local jobs and protects the services that mean the most to families - health care and education.
- Ontario is supporting this project through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation's Northern Energy Program, which helps eligible northern businesses pursue clean, renewable energy options that reduce their demands on external energy sources.
- Since its introduction, the Northern Energy Program has invested more than $10.8 million in 185 projects throughout the North.
- The Whitesand First Nation, located on the north shore of Lake Nipigon, has an on-reserve population of about 300 residents.
“I am very pleased that the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund is supporting this renewable energy project, which has the potential to help the Whitesand First Nation eliminate its reliance on a diesel generator and generate new economic benefits.”
“By investing in projects like this, we are helping northern businesses and communities grow and keeping Ontario at the forefront of clean energy.”
“This initiative builds on our government's commitment to working with First Nations on green energy projects to create opportunities and achieve long term successes. This investment is a step in the right direction.”