Ottawa gives $1.6 million to Kivalliq hydro-fibre link study

“This Inuit-led project will provide lasting benefits to the entire territory”

The proposed project would connect five Kivalliq communities: Arviat, Whale Cove, Rankin Inlet, Chesterfield Inlet and Baker Lake, as well as Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd.’s two operating gold mines, to hydro and fibre optic networks in Gillam, Manitoba. (Image courtesy of Kivalliq Hydro-Fibre Link)

By Sarah Rogers

The federal government will help pay for a study to look at the feasibility of connecting Nunavut’s Kivalliq region to Manitoba’s hydroelectric and fibre-optic networks.

Just a few weeks after the Kivalliq Inuit Association pitched the project to federal officials in Ottawa, the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) delivered support in the form of a $1.6-million investment.

That will help fund a two-year technical and feasibility study on developing a hydroelectric and fibre-optic link that would connect communities in the Kivalliq region to northern Manitoba.

The KIA and its private sector partner, Anbaric Development Partners, which specializes in large-scale electric transmission systems, will pay an additional $818,168 to complete the study.

Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq, left, stands with Yvonne Jones, parliamentary secretary to the minister of northern affairs, and KIA president David Ningeongan in Rankin Inlet Feb. 25, following the funding announcement. (Photo courtesy of KIA)

“The federal government has shown leadership and will be a critical partner as we advance the Kivalliq Hydro-Fibre Link project,” KIA president David Ningeongan said in a Feb. 25 release.

“Renewable energy, sustainable economic development, and high-speed fibre-optic internet are priorities for our communities. This Inuit-led project will provide lasting benefits to the entire territory and Canada.”

Nunavut’s leadership have lobbied for years to extend Manitoba’s existing power grid north to communities along western Hudson Bay—the most recent feasibility study was completed in 2016.

This revised project includes both hydro and broadband. It would begin in Gillam, Manitoba, and run north to five Kivalliq communities—Arviat, Whale Cove, Rankin Inlet, Chesterfield Inlet and Baker Lake—as well as to Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd.’s two operating gold mines.

The initiative will determine the feasibility of building about 1,200 kilometres of electric transmission line, a number of shorter, medium-voltage transmission lines, as well as a fibre-optic line.

The study includes the collection of technical data, conceptual design work, permitting and consultations.

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(4) Comments:

  1. Posted by Riverest on

    Good for the Kivalliq,

    Wonder what the executives and staffs are doing in the Kitikmeot Inuit Association?

    Seems they just love to travel and get aero plan points, honorariums and perdiems and travel and benefit themselves.

    I’m assuming half the Kitikmeot residents don’t know where the money is going and how much money is being spent on travelling, honorariums and per diems. Who is benefiting from travelling? its the staff of KIA, not the residents of the Kitikmeot.

    Keep it up Kivalliq, you doing are doing awesome.

    • Posted by Peter on

      Really pushing hard for the really expensive road and port middle of no where and for a Chinese company. Focused on that instead of more important things.

      • Posted by Mike on

        Agnico Eagle is a Canadian owned and operated mining company that employs over 15% (targets are higher) Inuit in Nunavut.

  2. Posted by Kitikmeot East on

    Wish ya’ll Good luck, Come lead our Region, We need to start our own Region here in Kit east, either GN and RIA Kit East Assoc.. Eferything in Kit is all for Cam_bay, and Kug..

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