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Energy Efficiency Comes to the Indigenous Community of Jean Marie River

Press Release

February 3, 2018           Hay River, NWT         Natural Resources Canada

Energy efficiency is hard to see, but we feel the benefits in our homes, neighbourhoods, environment, economy and wallets. A clean energy future includes federal investments in innovation to drive economic growth, reduce environmental impacts and create new, clean technology jobs for Canadians.

Member of Parliament for Northwest Territories, Michael McLeod, on behalf of Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Jim Carr, today announced $204,400 over two years to bring home energy efficiency to two local Indigenous communities as part of the transition to a low-carbon economy.

The Arctic Energy Alliance will work with the community of Jean Marie River this year, and a second community to be chosen next year, to demonstrate replicable ways of improving the uptake of energy retrofits in Indigenous communities, particularly in homes occupied by low-income residents, in a manner that respects the communities’ culture.

The total project value is $420,500, including cash and in-kind contributions from the community and Arctic Energy Alliance.

Recognizing that buildings and homes contribute approximately 17 percent of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions, the Government of Canada is working with provinces, territories and industry on energy code development, data sharing, research and development, and market transformation strategies for the building sector.

Through Canada’s national energy dialogue, Generation Energy, Canadians made it clear that the transition to energy-efficient buildings is necessary for Canada’s low-carbon future. Through the combined efforts of federal, provincial and territorial governments, we continue to support projects that will create jobs and advance Canada’s clean future and a Canadian Energy Strategy.

Quotes

“Energy efficiency is the quickest, cleanest and cheapest way to support the transition to a low-carbon economy and meet our future energy needs. We are proud to work with the local community to help low-income residents see the benefits of energy efficiency.”

Michael McLeod
Member of Parliament for Northwest Territories

“We’re pleased that we’ve had the opportunity to partner with the Jean Marie River First Nation on this project. It’s great to see a community so dedicated to helping its residents save money on energy bills and make their homes warmer and more comfortable to live in, all while reducing their greenhouse gas emissions.”

Craig Thomas
Interim Executive Director, Arctic Energy Alliance

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Contacts

Mackenzie Radan
Acting Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Natural Resources
613-462-7117

Media Relations
Natural Resources Canada
Ottawa
343-292-6100

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