The Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario have granted $1.2 billion (CAD 1.6 billion) funding to support the construction of the proposed Wataynikaneyap Power Transmission Line project, intended to connect 17 remote First Nations communities in Northwestern Ontario to Ontario’s power grid.
Wataynikaneyap Power will develop and operate approximately 1,800 km of 230 kV, 115 kV, and 44 kV power lines in Northwestern Ontario in order to connect remote First Nations communities to the provincial electricity grid and provide access to clean, reliable and affordable electricity, reports EBR.
The project’s first phase of 300 km transmission line from Red Lake to Pikangikum is fully funded by the Canadian government. It is planned to be complete by the end of 2018.
The next two phases of the project are subject to receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals, including the leave-to-construct approvals from the OEB, and are scheduled for commissioning by the end of 2020 and 2023, respectively.
Upon completion, the Wataynikaneyap Power Grid Connection Project is expected to be the largest indigenous-led and indigenous-owned infrastructure project in Ontario.