Canada Supports Renewable Energy Alternatives in Indigenous and Northern Communities

From: Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

May 10, 2019 – Ottawa, ON – Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

The Government of Canada is working with partners to reduce Northern communities’ reliance on diesel for heating and electricity by increasing the use of local renewable energy sources and improving energy efficiency. This will result in environmental, social and economic benefits that will support healthier, more sustainable Northern communities across the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Nunavik and Nunatsiavut.

Today, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, announced that since its inception in 2017-2018, the Government of Canada has supported 85 projects with an investment of $13.9 million through its Northern Responsible Energy Approach for Community Heat and Electricity Program (Northern REACHE) to assist communities that are working to reduce their reliance on diesel fuel.

These investments are part of Canada’s nearly $700 million commitment to help rural and remote communities get off diesel, including through programs delivered by Natural Resources Canada and Infrastructure Canada.

Through Canada’s climate action plan, the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, the Government is working with provinces, territories and Indigenous Peoples to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, build resilience to a changing climate, and support the transition to a clean growth economy.

“Indigenous communities are on the front line of climate change. They are committed to be part of solutions. It is impressive to see so many communities making meaningful progress transitioning to clean energy. These investments, together with other federal programs, are helping communities reduce their reliance on imported diesel, resulting in less pollution, lower energy costs and a cleaner energy future for all.”

The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P.

Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations

Quick facts

  • Budget 2016 and 2017 invested $64.2 million over 12 years for the Northern REACHE program.

  • Budget 2016 and 2017 committed a total of $220.6 million to Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada to create five new climate change programs as a part of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.

  • To date, these investments have supported hundreds of projects in northern and Indigenous communities for a range of climate change activities, including monitoring the effects of climate change on marine life and adapting to climate change-induced coastal erosion.

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