Line that brings light.
Powering our future.
We are 22 First Nations communities working together to connect 17 remote communities currently powered by diesel. This is our story.
“This is the first time we can take part in a project of this size and importance. Developing this project will provide our community a sense of pride and self- esteem that we can leverage for other projects.”
- Bill Sainnawap, Big Trout Lake First Nation
“The Wataynikaneyap Transmission Project could save our community lots of money, which we can use for other purposes in our community.”
Jacob Strang, Chief, Poplar Hill First Nation
“The Wataynikaneyap Transmission Project provides a future for our community’s youth.”
Jacob Strang, Chief, Poplar Hill First Nation
“The Wataynikaneyap Transmission Project will unlock economic opportunities in our community and for other First Nations communities in Northern Ontario.”
Mitchell K. Diabo, Kasabonika Lake
“The new houses are sitting empty. They have constructed them and they are just sitting there because the electrical capacity is not there to hook them up.”
Simon Sakakeep, Kingfisher Lake First Nation
“As owners in the project, we want to ensure that our communities get maximum benefit from this very important infrastructure project."
Margaret Kenequanash, Wataynikaneyap Power

Latest Updates

Wataynikaneyap Transmission Project Training Program Celebrates Inaugural Graduating Class

July 20, 2018

 Thunder Bay, ON, July 19, 2018 - Today, Wataynikaneyap’s skills training initiative is thrilled to celebrate the graduation of its first round of successful participants in its Line Crew Ground Support Training Course. 

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Wataynikaneyap Power seeks approval to construct the Wataynikaneyap Power Transmission Project

June 13, 2018

Thunder Bay, Ontario (GlobeNewswire-June 13, 2018) - Wataynikaneyap Power LP (Wataynikaneyap Power) announced today that it has filed a leave to construct application with the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) to construct and operate the Wataynikaneyap Power Transmission Project. 

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Wataynikaneyap Power Announces Selection of Owner’s Engineer

June 7, 2018

 THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO (June 6, 2018) – Wataynikaneyap Power announced today that Hatch Ltd. (“Hatch”) has been selected to provide Owner’s Engineer services to the Wataynikaneyap Power Transmission Project. 

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Our Story

An inspiring project to connect nations together and strengthen local economies.
See the impact this project will have on our communities. Watch this video to see the steps we are taking to make Wataynikaneyap Transmission Project a reality.

Pikangikum Funding

Federal Government announces funding to connect Pikangikum First Nation to Ontario’s Power Grid.
“This is the best news I’ve heard in a long time - the community really needs this” says Chief Dean Owen,

Pikangikum and Wataynikaneyap Project

This is what the future holds.
It’s a first step, but an important step. In August, 2017, the Government of Canada announced a commitment of up to $60 million to build the Pikangikum Distribution Line Project. The plan is to connect Pikangikum First Nation to the power grid before the end of November 2018. Recently, 24 members of the community took part in a skills training program. These will be the first local hires when work begins to extend the grid to Pikangikum.

The project signals the beginning of connecting remote First Nations communities to the power grid. Pikangikum First Nation joined the Wataynikaneyap Transmission Project in 2016. And as Dean Owen, Pikangikum’s Chief says, “within our area here there are 21 other communities that are anxiously waiting to have the same opportunity we are having right now…that’s my hope, to see these other communities shut dirty diesel down and quite polluting our lands.”

Our Communities

Wataynikaneyap Transmission Project is bringing grid connection to 17 remote communities. This has numerous benefits to all 22 partner communities leading this project, visit your Community Liaison worker to learn how this project will benefit your community
Wunnumin Lake
Wawakapewin
Wapekeka
Wabigoon Lake
Slate Falls
Sandy Lake
Sachigo Lake
Poplar Hill
Pikangikum
North Spirit Lake
North Caribou Lake
Muskrat Dam
McDowell Lake
Lac Seul
Lac des Mille Lacs
Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug
Kingfisher Lake
Keewaywin
Kasabonika Lake
Deer Lake
Cat Lake
Bearskin Lake

Maps & Phases

See where our power will run. Find your community on the map, and learn about the phases this project will go through.
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