Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and Jeannie Ehaloak, Minister responsible for Qulliq Energy Corporation (QEC) and Minister of Community and Government Services, announced funding for upgrades to a power plant in Nunavut.
“Access to reliable sources of energy is essential for northern communities to thrive,” said McKenna. “This new generator will provide a reliable and efficient source of energy for several communities in the Clyde River area.”
The project involves replacement of the current diesel power generator, which has exceeded its operational life expectancy. With this new generator, residents of the Clyde River area of Nunavut will benefit from improved energy security and more efficient and reliable energy generation.
The Government of Canada is investing more than $1.9 million in this project through the Arctic Energy Fund. QEC, owned by the Government of Nunavut and operated independently, is investing $749,250. QEC is the only generator and distributor of electrical energy in Nunavut.
“The Government of Canada’s Arctic Energy Fund supports QEC’s effort to improve power infrastructure in Nunavut communities through vital projects,” said Ehaloak. “By upgrading generators to more energy efficient technologies in remote communities such as Clyde River, the federal and territorial governments play a key role in securing reliable and affordable power for the territory.”
Through the Investing in Canada Plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in green infrastructure, public transit projects, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.