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Stewardship Training Moves Online During COVID-19

April 13, 2021

As the global pandemic grinds into year two, Guardians and stewards throughout coastal First Nations continue to do the important work they love—protecting and restoring the natural and cultural heritage of their territories.

Although coastal communities have been negatively impacted over the past year with outbreaks, lockdowns and disruptions of “normal” life, vital stewardship efforts must go on in the face of these challenges. That’s certainly true for students of the Stewardship Technicians Training Program (STTP), who’ve been engaged in stewardship learning online since mid-January.

A partnership between Coastal First Nations and Vancouver Island University, STTP has been providing stewardship training for First Nations throughout the North and Central Coast and Haida Gwaii for several years. These courses are usually taught in the field or an in-person classroom setting, but they’ve moved online for the time being to maintain health and safety within coastal communities.

“I know the students would love to meet and learn in person, and they’ve certainly experienced some ‘Zoom burnout’ like everyone else,” says CFN Training Coordinator Jackie Peat, who’s facilitating the sessions, along with guest speakers and educators. “But these online courses have really been a great way for everyone to stay connected with each other during trying times.”

So far, students have focused on courses well suited to online learning, including Leadership and Reading & Writing, Indigenous Culture and History, and Case Studies: Reading & Writing. “The focus on writing skills has been really helpful, because it’s provided another great, virtual way to share knowledge, ideas and important aspects of their culture with one another,” says Peat. “Obviously, every course is going to be preferable in person, but these classes have provided an opportunity to have really meaningful discussions. It sets us up wonderfully for when we’re able to gather in person again.”

A benefit of moving to online training is the increase in computer skills that participants have gained. While Guardian work mostly takes place out on the land and water, it often involves desk-based work. “It’s really amazing to see how participants’ comfort and confidence using computers has increased over the past three months,” says Peat. “The group is learning more computer skills that will help them move into other areas of stewardship work that are more office-based.”

Peat says 11 out of the 14 STTP students are currently Coastal Guardian Watchmen, which means they have much in common and plenty share with each other already. “There is a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience amongst the participants,” she says. “Some of the most meaningful learning has been peer-to-peer, as Guardians share the work they’re undertaking within their own Nations.”


MNO hosting RCMP career info sessions

April 12, 2021

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police offers a challenging and exciting career to those interested in making a difference in their communities.

Join us for two FREE information sessions hosted by the MNO Education and Training Branch Labour Market staff and special guest Constable Lisa Poff, Pro-Active Recruiting, “O” Division, Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The info sessions will present training and employment opportunities with the RCMP. MNO Education and Training staff will be in attendance to answer any questions you may have.

Career opportunities include:

      • General Duty
      • Forensic
      • Identification
      • Community Policing
      • Technological Crime
      • Marine Security
      • Youth Liaison
      • Police Dog Services
      • Musical Ride
      • Emergency Response
      • Drug Enforcement
      • Peacekeeping
      • & over 100 more

Registration is required:


The 22nd Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival Announces Expanded Digital Presentation

imagineNATIVE wishes to announce their 22nd Annual Film + Media Arts Festival will once again take place online from October 19 – 24, 2021. Building off the success of last year’s virtual Festival, imagineNATIVE will offer six days of online programming including the presentation of film, digital + interactive works, audio, exhibitions, special events, and more.

The highly anticipated Industry Days professional development series will also return October 20 – 23, 2021, with a series of panels, workshops, networking and social activities specifically focused on advancing the careers, artistry, and networks of Indigenous screen content creators.

“We, like everyone else, are eager to see a return to a physical and live event, but our main priority is and has always been the health and well being of the artists, festival goers, our staff and community,” said Naomi Johnson, Executive Director of imagineNATIVE. “We hope that those who have supported imagineNATIVE will return to this online presentation to engage and enjoy in Indigenous creative works with our digital offering at the Festival in October.”

The decision to mount a digital presentation resulted from a series of discussions that included imagineNATIVE leadership, the board of directors, and other stakeholders. The 2020 online festival allowed for a broader outreach with over 29,576 viewing across Canada, the US, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia and select European countries.

“2020 was a year of unprecedented firsts and we were touched by the vibrant and engaged community who supported us during the first digital Festival. We recognize that we are in a privileged position in having the opportunity to build off our online space – to create a place for us to gather and present these artistic works,” said Naomi Johnson. “We could not have come to this decision without the support of those mentioned, as well as our public funders, sponsors, partners, and individual donors.”

Programming and tickets details for the 22nd Annual imagineNATIVE will be announced in the coming months. Submissions for the Festival are now open until Monday May 31, 2021 and due by 11:59 PM ET.

For more information please call 416.585.2333 or visit imagineNATIVE.org

facebook.com/imagineNATIVE / twitter.com/imagineNATIVE / instagram.com/imagineNATIVE

Media Contact: Damien Nelson, Want & Able, [email protected]

imagineNATIVE is the world’s largest presenter of Indigenous-made screen content. It presents the annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Festival in Toronto and the imagineNATIVE Film Tour nationally in Canada. The imagineNATIVE. imagineNATIVE is an international leader in the presentation and promotion of Indigenous screen-based content and its Festival celebrates its 22nd anniversary from October 19 – 24, 2021.


On the home front: Remote work may widen inequality in Canada

Many people are managing to work from home, Environics Institute survey shows, but parents of young children, newcomers and young workers face greater challenges

Toronto, April 13, 2021 – As millions of Canadians embark on a second year of working from home in the pandemic, a new Environics Institute survey reveals that the advantages it offers are spread unevenly throughout the workforce. A majority report a mostly positive view of remote work but many grapple with the stress of juggling work and family life or worry that working from home will negatively affect their careers.

A report called Work at home or live at work: The complexities of new working arrangements, reveals that remote work has been more common among office and clerical workers, professionals and executives, according to survey findings. People working in sales, services, trades, transportation and labour were less likely or unable to work from home. Read the complete report here.

Key findings:

  • More than three out of five people say working from home is easier than they expected, with the same number liking it better and find it less stressful than doing so at their usual workplace.
  • Two out of five expressed concerns about juggling work and family responsibilities while working from home. They feel like they are constantly working with no time for themselves or their families. One in three respondents said they find it impossible to do their jobs well from home.
  • Three in five of those with young children say that while working from home, they feel that they cannot simultaneously be good parents and good workers or employees.
  • Some worry that working from home will negatively impact their career. Young workers aged 18 to 24 (56%), immigrants (44%) (including 60% or recent immigrants), racialized workers (46%), and Indigenous workers (60%) are all more likely than average to express this concern.
  • Many of those experiencing challenges while working from home still feel positive about the arrangement overall. Despite some downsides, seven in ten people working from home say that once the pandemic is over, their employer should show flexibility and allow them to continue working remotely at least a few days a week.

The pandemic has revealed a divide among Canadians in terms of who has the option of working from home. Although many office workers and professionals can work remotely, more economically vulnerable employees must often show up in person at work, which in turn renders them more vulnerable to the virus and to financial stress. It’s crucial that the recovery strategy take steps to mitigate impact on the less securely employed to prevent further disadvantages.

Pedro Barata, executive director of the Future Skills Centre

There is a risk that workers who were already facing barriers in the workplace are now feeling even less connected as they work from home. Employers should take steps now to ensure that any new work arrangements do not simply exacerbate the inequalities that many already faced.

Andrew Parkin, executive director of the Environics Institute

The report shows that for many Canadians, ‘work from home’ has become ‘live at work’. The pandemic has accelerated digitization and new work arrangements, bringing both more flexibility and more demands. The burden of unpaid work – particularly childcare and homeschooling – on parents with young children is highlighted and the stress is taking its toll. We must ensure that the skills agenda addresses the new reality and helps equip both employers and employees with the tools and skills they need to thrive.

Wendy Cukier, founder & academic director, Diversity Institute


The report is based on the Survey on Employment and Skills, conducted by the Environics Institute for Survey Research, in partnership with the Future Skills Centre and Ryerson University’s Diversity Institute. It took place from Nov. 24 to Dec. 22, 2020. Researchers aimed to gain a more in-depth understanding of the pandemic’s future implications for employment and in-demand skills for Canadians. Responses came from 5,351 Canadians aged 18 and up in all provinces and territories.

About the Future Skills Centre

The Future Skills Centre (FSC) is a forward-thinking centre for research and collaboration dedicated to preparing Canadians for employment success. We believe Canadians should feel confident about the skills they have to succeed in a changing workforce. As a pan-Canadian community, we are collaborating to rigorously identify, test, measure, and share innovative approaches to assessing and developing the skills Canadians need to thrive in the days and years ahead. The Future Skills Centre was founded by a consortium whose members are Ryerson University, Blueprint, and The Conference Board of Canada, and is funded by the Government of Canada’s Future Skills Program.

About the Environics Institute

The Environics Institute for Survey Research (www.environicsinstitute.org) was established by Michael Adams in 2006 to promote relevant and original public opinion and social research on important issues of public policy and social change.

About Ryerson University’s Diversity Institute

The Diversity Institute conducts and coordinates multi-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder research to create practical strategies to advance skills and employment opportunities for women, racialized people, newcomers, Indigenous people, persons living with disabilities and others. The Diversity Institute is home to unique programs such as the Advanced Digital and Professional Training Program (ADaPT) as well as the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub aimed at building an inclusive innovation ecosystem.

Media Contact

Eglantine Ronfard
Communications Manager
Future Skills Centre
[email protected]


Government of Canada announces support for jobs and economic growth in Sarnia–Lambton

From: Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario

Sarnia–Lambton receives official Foreign Trade Zone designation to help boost exports and create trade opportunities

April 13, 2021 – Sarnia, Ontario

One of the busiest commercial land border crossings in North America, strategically located on the Ontario–Michigan border, Sarnia–Lambton is a dynamic hub for national and international trade and a key contributor to Ontario’s economy. To support the local economy to grow and diversify in the wake of COVID-19, the Government of Canada is helping to bolster Sarnia’s position as a great place to do business and invest.

Today, Marie-France Lalonde, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages (FedDev Ontario and Official Languages), announced Sarnia–Lambton’s official designation as a Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) Point—a single point of access to resources and information relating to programs that relieve duties, tariffs and taxes for businesses engaged in importing and exporting.

The FTZ designation will allow Sarnia–Lambton to market themselves as a hub for international trade and to provide coordinated access to government FTZ programs helping to attract more business and foreign direct investment (FDI) to the area.

Home to a skilled workforce rich in industries such as chemical refinement and agriculture, multiple transportation modes and strong infrastructure, the FTZ point will help bolster trade and export opportunities for businesses, in turn supporting them to expand and create new jobs. Business owners from underrepresented groups such as women, Indigenous peoples, visible minorities and persons with disabilities will also be encouraged to participate in available FTZ programs.

Today’s announcement reinforces the Government of Canada’s commitment to strengthening the economy by helping local businesses access the tools they need to succeed and creating new opportunities for trade.


“Workers and businesses are essential to the success of our economy and have the support of the Government of Canada. The newest FTZ Point in Sarnia–Lambton will bring many opportunities for trade and entrepreneurship to the region.”

– Marie-France Lalonde, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages (FedDev Ontario and Official Languages)

“The Government of Canada’s designation of Sarnia–Lambton’s FTZ Point will build on the region’s strengths, contributing to a diverse workforce and fostering the region’s international opportunities and global hub potential. Business owners and workers should be proud of their tenacity during this crisis, and the government is dedicated to supporting initiatives that will ensure our economy thrives.”

– The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario

“I am pleased that Sarnia–Lambton is being designated as a Foreign Trade Zone Point. The area has always been a vital link for trade between Canada and the United States. This announcement builds on the area’s strengths and increases our competitive advantage.”

– His Worship, Kevin Marriott, Warden, County of Lambton

“The Foreign Trade Zone designation is a bold step forward into boosting business, investment and development in Sarnia–Lambton. Congratulations to the Sarnia–Lambton Chamber of Commerce for leading the way on this exciting step into the future.”

– His Worship, Mike Bradley, Mayor of Sarnia

“The timing of today’s Foreign Trade Zone Point for Sarnia-Lambton is historic, as we are witnessing an industrial and environmental evolution. Beyond our globally recognized expertise in these areas, the ability to streamline the trade of goods and services beyond our borders is paramount in the sustainability and growth of our communities. This new designation provided to us by the Government of Canada adds to our value proposition in conducting business in Sarnia–Lambton.”

– Allan Calvert, Chief Executive Officer, Sarnia–Lambton Chamber of Commerce

“Today’s announcement will raise the profile of the Sarnia–Lambton area and reduce red tape for exporters. Not only will it strengthen market access for our existing businesses, it will also add to the Sarnia–Lambton area’s efforts to attract jobs and investment—while elevating our area as a hub for international trade and leveraging our exceptional transportation infrastructure.”

– Stephen Thompson, CEO Sarnia–Lambton Economic Partnership

Quick facts

  • The FTZ Point designation improves access to existing programs and promotes Canada’s advantage. It allows the region to coordinate programs that benefit businesses, such as the Duty Deferral Program, the Duties Relief Program, the Drawback Program, the Customs Bonded Warehouse Program and the Export Distribution Centre Program.
  • Working alongside the Sarnia–Lambton Chamber of Commerce, FedDev Ontario played a key role in bringing together stakeholders in the region to engage, assess and ultimately achieve this designation.
  • Ontario is home to five FTZ points, with a total of 16 located across Canada.
  • Since November 2015, FedDev Ontario has invested over $42 million in 24 projects in the Lambton census division, including $27 million in Bioindustrial Innovation Canada to establish the Centre for Commercialization of Sustainable Chemistry Innovation (COMM SCI) and then expand its services to clean tech companies in Eastern Ontario through the Ontario Bioindustrial Innovation Network (OBIN).

Associated links


Catherine Mounier-Desrochers
Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages
[email protected]

Media Relations
Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
[email protected]
Toll Free: 1-866-593-5505


Kenora-area First Nations agree to allow Highway 17 twinning to start – Northern Ontario Business

Community leaders say the project will create hundreds of jobs.

KENORA, Ont. — The leadership of four First Nations say they conditionally agree to allow the Government of Ontario to begin the twinning of the Trans-Canada Highway between Kenora and the Manitoba boundary.

Wauzhushk Onigum, Shoal Lake # 40, Niisaachewan Anishinaabe and Washagamis Bay First Nations made the announcement jointly.

They said they are prepared to give the province conditional consent to enter their territory under their guidance to build Phase 1 of the project, a 6.5 kilometre stretch from Manitoba to Highway 673.

Read More: https://www.northernontariobusiness.com/industry-news/design-build/kenora-area-first-nations-agree-to-allow-highway-17-twinning-to-start-3617466

Anti-Canadian Resource Group Shows its True Colours: Industry and Labour Leaders Come Together to Call Out US-based Campaign Rhetoric

April 13, 2021

Sustainable forest management in Canada’s working forests is built upon a few key principles including ecosystems-based management and conservation, local input, and collaboration, keeping forest as forest forever, and providing family-supporting jobs and sustainable products to Canadians and people around the world.

Over the past few years, the US-based Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC) has been one of the few groups that regularly engages in deliberate and dishonest campaigns to discredit Canadian forestry. It does so while showing no interest in understanding how Canadian forestry works, how local communities and residents engage in forest management planning, and how committed people in Canadian forestry are to sustainability, reconciliation, a net-zero carbon economy, and building healthy and resilient forests and forestry communities.

Instead of choosing productive dialogue, NRDC prefers to attack from the confines of its Washington, DC offices, issuing blogs and documents from its ‘campaign manager’ and ‘campaign coordinator’ that quote themselves and a handful of known anti-forestry voices, are absent of peer review, and include recycled misinformation to advance their fundraising agenda.

We are not perfect, but we are among the best in the world at how we do forest management in Canada. Planning on an expansive, publicly owned, and dynamic land base – one that is greatly impacted by a changing climate – is complex work.

There are many important values for which to manage and many local perspectives to consider in every single forest management plan. Canadian forestry is about planning for the long-game and we are one of the only sectors in the country that initiates its planning process by considering 100 to 200 year landscape models.

In the face of a changing climate and the move to a net-zero carbon economy by 2050, forest management and forest products will be key solutions for us in Canada – and people around the world will be counting on us too. The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has recognized Canadian forestry and its critical role in fighting climate change, as has our federal government in its fall Speech from the Throne.

We are a fair-minded and collaborative bunch in Canadian forestry. We are open to criticism and we are always looking for ways to be even better. That said, when we see efforts to deliberately mislead, attempts to threaten our customers with misinformation, and campaign activity aimed at putting Canadians out of work – we draw the line. While we have long questioned the motivation of this organization, it has become sadly clear in recent weeks that targeting Canadian jobs is at the top of its list.

NRDC has recently sponsored legislation in the California and New York state legislatures to get those states to stop sourcing from the boreal forests of Canada, Sweden, and Finland – three of the world’s leaders in sustainable forest management, human and labour rights, and in providing good-paying, family-supporting jobs in forestry.

Having a US-based group spread misinformation so it can raise money at the expense of Canadian workers and their families is one thing – to do it during the third wave of a global pandemic just shows where their priorities are and how low they are prepared to go.

Quote from FPAC President and CEO Derek Nighbor:

“As we continue to push through this pandemic, FPAC would like to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of forestry workers across Canada. They continue to do essential work and have kept our part of the economy moving.  We also salute our federal and provincial governments and our labour, construction, retail, manufacturing, transportation, and community partners across the country for their incredible support during this time. While NRDC continues to use dishonest propaganda to discredit our sector, we will stick to the facts and will stand up for Canadian forestry workers and their families.”

Quote from Unifor National President Jerry Dias:

“When US-based activists are prepared to say anything to put Canadian self-sufficiency and jobs at risk, Canada’s labour, industry, and government leaders have an obligation to speak out. Canada’s forest sector workers are leading the way in advancing a green, post-pandemic recovery. The world needs more Canadian forestry. I am proud of the incredible work our members are doing across the country and stand with them in the face of misinformation campaigns targeting Canadian exports and jobs.”

Quote from United Steelworkers Union Wood Council Chair Jeff Bromley:

“Customers in Canada and around the world have long counted on Canadian forest workers to deliver sustainably-sourced, environmentally-friendly, and high quality products. We take pride in our work and in our move to a lower carbon economy, sustainable Canadian forestry and forest products are more important than ever. As our workers face new potential trade actions targeting our sector by the state legislatures in California and New York, it is important that we all push back against this unwarranted protectionism.”

Key Principles of Sustainable Forest Management in Canada

  1. Ecosystems-based management and conservation. An approach that considers land management based on multiple important forest and community values – from protecting watersheds, wetlands, and carbon-rich peatlands to supporting biodiversity to keeping families living in forested communities safer from fire risks.
  2. Local input and collaboration. Ensuring that members of the local community have input into how forests will be managed in their area. No harvesting plans in Canada are approved by provincial governments until local science has been applied and robust community input has been secured. It’s the due diligence and obligation that comes with managing this shared public resource.
  3. Keeping forest as forest forever. Canada is blessed with a rich resource in our forests and our long-standing commitment to sustainability has helped ensure that we have 9,000 trees for every Canadian, we have retained 90% of our original forest cover, and we plant more than 400 million seedlings every year to renew our forests and keep them as forests for generations.
  4. Jobs and sustainable products for Canada and the world. Forestry employs 230,000 Canadians across 600 communities. Over 12,000 Indigenous peoples work in our sector and additionally, 1,400 Indigenous-owned forestry businesses help us get the work done. The jobs we sustain and create put food on the table, pay the bills, and help put kids through school. The products we make are critical in our move to a lower-carbon economy and allow us as Canadians to be able to provide for ourselves – from lumber to toilet paper and tissue; from wood-based biofuels and bioplastics to biodegradable Personal Protective Equipment.


FPAC provides a voice for Canada’s wood, pulp, and paper producers nationally and internationally in government, trade, and environmental affairs. As an industry with annual revenues exceeding $80B, Canada’s forest products sector is one of the country’s largest employers operating in over 600 communities, providing 230,000 direct jobs, and over 600,000 indirect jobs across the country.

For more information contact:
Kerry Patterson-Baker
Vice President, Communications
e : [email protected]
t : 613-563-1441 ext. 314
Follow us on Twitter: @FPAC_APFC


Wilson Institute for Canadian History speaker series explores COVID-19 – Daily News

April 12, 2021

The Wilson Institute for Canadian History is hosting a speaker series that will examine the political, socioeconomic, and scientific impact of COVID-19 on humanity’s future – and how that relates to our understanding of the communities in which we live.

Featuring well-known speakers from a variety of fields, including Guardian journalist Laura Spinney, Globe and Mail health columnist André Picard, and sociologist/MD Nicholas Christakis, the series explores how the lessons learned from the pandemic could be used to improve society – from overhauling long-term care to the connection between COVID and the climate crisis.

Read More: https://dailynews.mcmaster.ca/articles/wilson-institute-for-canadian-history-launches-speaker-series-explores-covid-19/

The CIB and private sector partners to invest $1.7 billion in Lake Erie Connector

TORONTO – The Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) and ITC Investment Holdings (ITC) have signed an agreement in principle to invest $1.7 billion in the Lake Erie Connector project.

Under the terms of the agreement, the CIB will invest up to $655 million or up to 40% of the project cost. ITC, a subsidiary of Fortis Inc., and private sector lenders will invest up to $1.05 billion, the balance of the project’s capital cost.

The Lake Erie Connector is a proposed 117 kilometre underwater transmission line connecting Ontario with the PJM Interconnection, the largest electricity market in North America.

The 1,000 megawatt, high-voltage direct current connection will help lower electricity costs for customers in Ontario and improve the reliability and security of Ontario’s energy grid. The Lake Erie Connector will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and be a source of low-carbon electricity in the Ontario and U.S. electricity markets.

During construction, the Lake Erie Connector is expected to create 383 jobs per year and drive more than $300 million in economic activity. Over its life, the project will provide 845 permanent jobs and economic benefits by boosting Ontario’s GDP by $8.8 billion.

The project will also help Ontario to optimize its current infrastructure, avoid costs associated with existing production curtailments or shutdowns. It can leverage existing generation capacity and transmission lines to support electricity demand.

ITC continues its discussions with First Nations communities and is working towards meaningful participation in the near term and as the project moves forward to financial close.

The CIB anticipates financial close late in 2021, pending final project transmission agreements, with construction commencing soon after. ITC will own the transmission line and be responsible for all aspects of design, engineering, construction, operations and maintenance.

ITC acquired the Lake Erie Connector project in August 2014 and it has received all necessary regulatory and permitting approvals, including a U.S. Presidential Permit and approval from the Canada Energy Regulator.

This is the CIB’s first investment commitment in a transmission project and another example of the CIB’s momentum to quickly implement its $10B Growth Plan.


This project will allow Ontario to export its clean, non-emitting power to one of the largest power markets in the world and, as a result, benefit Canadians economically while also significantly contributing to greenhouse gas emissions reductions in the PJM market. The project allows Ontario to better manage peak capacity and meet future reliability needs in a more sustainable way. This is a true win-win for both Canada and the U.S., both economically and environmentally.

Ehren Cory, CEO, Canada Infrastructure Bank

The Lake Erie Connector has tremendous potential to generate customer savings, help achieve shared carbon reduction goals, and increase electricity system reliability and flexibility. We look forward to working with the CIB, provincial and federal governments to support a more affordable, customer-focused system for Ontarians.

Jon Jipping, EVP & COO, ITC Investment Holdings Inc., a subsidiary of Canadian-based Fortis Inc.

We are encouraged by this recent announcement by the Canada Infrastructure Bank. Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation has an interest in projects within our historic treaty lands that have environmental benefits and that offer economic participation for our community.

Chief Stacey Laforme, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation

While our evaluation of the project continues, we recognize this project can contribute to the economic resilience of our Shareholder, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. Subject to the successful conclusion of our collaborative efforts with ITC, we look forward to our involvement in building the necessary infrastructure that enable Ontario’s economic engine.

Leonard Rickard, CEO, Mississaugas of the Credit Business Corporation

The Lake Erie Connector demonstrates the advantages of public-private partnerships to develop critical infrastructure that delivers greater value to Ontarians. Connecting Ontario’s electricity grid to the PJM electricity market will bring significant, tangible benefits to our province. This new connection will create high-quality jobs, improve system flexibility, and allow Ontario to export more excess electricity to promote cost-savings for Ontario’s electricity consumers.

Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, Minister of Indigenous Affairs

With the US pledging to achieve a carbon-free electrical grid by 2035, Canada has an opportunity to export clean power, helping to reduce emissions, maximizing clean power use and making electricity more affordable for Canadians. The Lake Erie Connector is a perfect example of that. The Canada Infrastructure Bank’s investment will give Ontario direct access to North America’s largest electricity market – 13 states and D.C. This is part of our infrastructure plan to create jobs across the country, tackle climate change, and increase Canada’s competitiveness in the clean economy.

Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

Quick Facts

  • The Lake Erie Connector is a 1,000 megawatt, 117 kilometre long underwater transmission line connecting Ontario and Pennsylvania.
  • The PJM Interconnection is a regional transmission organization coordinating the movement of wholesale electricity in all or parts of Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.
  • The project will help to reduce electricity system costs for customers in Ontario, while helping to support future capacity needs.
  • The CIB is mandated to invest CAD $35 billion and attract private sector investment into new revenue-generating infrastructure projects that are in the public interest and support Canadian economic growth.
  • The investment commitment is subject to final due diligence and approval by the CIB’s Board.

Learn More:

Lake Erie Connector

Media Contacts:

Terence Foran
Canada Infrastructure Bank
[email protected]

Tom Petersen, APR
ITC Investment Holdings
[email protected]


NADF: COVID-19 Emergency Loan Funds

Support for Aboriginal Businesses in Northern Ontario

NADF is currently delivering one (1) COVID-19 emergency loan fund to support Aboriginal businesses in NADF’s catchment area that have been impacted by COVID-19.

NADF’s catchment area is Northern Ontario, which NADF defines as the territories of Treaty 9, the Ontario portions of Treaty 5 and Treaty 3, and Robinson-Superior 1850.

Out of the NADF catchment area? Contact an Aboriginal Financial Institution near you.

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These funds are not intended to replace or duplicate government or other bank/lender emergency programs that are available to businesses in Canada.

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NADF COVID-19 Emergency Loan Fund (ELF)

A $250,000 emergency loan fund established by NADF to provide up to $25,000 in support to eligible Aboriginal businesses operating on or off-reserve in NADF’s catchment area and who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

NADF’s catchment area is Northern Ontario, which NADF defines as the territories of Treaty 9, Treaty 5 (Ontario portion), Treaty 3, and Robinson-Superior 1850.

Although the focus of ELF is on existing and former clients of NADF, all wholly-owned and/or majority-owned Aboriginal businesses within NADF’s catchment area are eligible to apply.

The ELF program is intended to support eligible operating costs incurred on or after March 15, 2020, retroactively. Eligible operating costs such as rent, utilities, insurance, and health and safety improvements due to COVID-19 are eligible for support.

Applicants must also satisfy the following eligibility criteria:

  • be a for-profit business;
  • business must have been established prior to March 1, 2020;
  • business must have been impacted adversely due to the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • business was viable and not experiencing financial difficulties prior to March 1, 2020;
  • the applicant is in good standing with NADF; and
  • the applicant must have been able to obtain commercial financing at March 1, 2020.

Other terms and conditions apply and your Account Manager will discuss these with you.

How to Apply

If you are an existing or former NADF client, please contact your Account Manager by email or call 1-800-465-6821 or 807-623-5397.

If you are a new client, please email or call toll free 1-800-465-6821 or 807-623-5397 and an Account Manager will be assigned to work with you.

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