Wataynikaneyap Transmission Project

December 20, 2018

Torys is acting as counsel to Wataynikaneyap Power, a partnership between 24 First Nation Communities and FortisOntario Inc., in connection with the Wataynikaneyap Transmission Project in northwestern Ontario. Torys acted for Wataynikaneyap Power in the selection of a transmission partner and in the negotiation of the related partnership arrangements with FortisOntario, and continues to provide ongoing advice to the partnership on all commercial and regulatory matters related to the project’s development and financing.

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Municipality:   Northwestern Ontario
Province:   Ontario    
Country:   Canada
Client Name:   Wataynikaneyap Power
Client Role:   Developer
Project Value:   $1,600,000,000 CAD

The Wataynikaneyap Transmission Project is an unprecedented undertaking that will connect remote First Nations in Northwestern Ontario to Ontario’s power grid, providing savings associated with avoided diesel costs, and socio-economic benefits to the communities. This project is the largest First Nations-led infrastructure project in Canada to date.

The first phase of the project involves the construction, operation and maintenance of a new 300 kilometre overhead alternating current transmission line that will reinforce electricity supply into the Northern Ontario community of Pickle Lake.

The second phase of the project involves the construction, operation, maintenance and retirement of approximately 1,630 kilometres of an overhead 115kV and 44kV alternating current transmission system, located north of Red Lake and Pickle Lake, to connect to 17 remote First Nation communities.

Pikangikum First Nation became the first community to connect to the Ontario power grid via Wataynikaneyap Power Transmission Line on December 20, 2018. You can learn more about Pikangikum First Nation’s joining the grid here.

Further information on the project can be found on Wataynikaneyap Power’s website.


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