Aboriginal Transmission Fund

On November 21, 2014, the Minister of Energy directed the OPA to improve and streamline its Support Programs including the Aboriginal Energy Partnerships Program (“AEPP”). The Minister wrote that the changes will help to ensure these programs best meet the needs of their intended recipients, be consistent with electricity procurement opportunities and support the participation of First Nation and Métis communities, municipalities, public sector entities and co-operatives in Ontario’s energy projects.

The new Support Program, when launched,  will provide funding to eligible Aboriginal communities for the due diligence work required to assess and develop opportunities for participation on future, planned and major transmission lines in Ontario, including the East West Tie Expansion Line, Transmission Line to Pickle Lake,  Northwest Bulk Transmission Lines and Remote Community Connections. The new Support Program is anticipated to launch in 2015.Should you have any questions, please contact us at: 416-969-6317.

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April 23, 2014: ATF Draft Rules comment period now closed

Thank you to all who submitted comments and/or attended a community meeting during the ATF Draft Rules comment period. The comment period is now closed.

The OPA will review and consider all comments received. The OPA will hold a teleconference where a summary of the feedback received during the comment period will be presented.  The date and time of the teleconference will be provided shortly.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact ATF Staff at ATF@ieso.caor 416-969-6317. 

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To prepare for the launch of the ATF later in 2014, the OPA is pleased to release the Aboriginal Transmission Fund (ATF) Rules in draft for comment.

The draft rules were developed to reflect the August 25, 2011 ministerial direction and the OPA welcomes comments on these draft ATF Rules from all interested parties.  Feedback must be received by the OPA no later than April 22, 2014 to ensure it is reviewed and considered.

The ATF is available to First Nation and Métis communities that are exploring equity positions in new, major transmission lines in Ontario, where the OPA has identified a need for transmission capacity.

The ATF will provide up to $20,000 in funding to support eligible First Nation and Métis communities, to a maximum of $500,000 per transmission line.  ATF support funding is intended to cover costs related to undertaking due diligence and assessments of partnership opportunities.

For more information about the draft ATF program, the draft Rules and how to provide feedback, click here.

The ATF will also make available up to $50,000 in “one-time limited” Reimbursement Funding to Aboriginal Organizations (owned jointly by two or more Aboriginal Communities or a limited partnership consisting of two or more Aboriginal Communities that are direct limited partners) that have incurred certain costs between November 23, 2010 and March 5, 2014 for the purposes of pursuing an equity interest in the East West Tie or the Line to Pickle Lake.

The OPA is not seeking feedback on the Reimbursement Funding component.  For more information about the limited reimbursement funding available, click here.

Aboriginal Transmission Fund - Community Meetings

In addition to submitting feedback via email or telephone, First Nation and Métis community representatives and interested stakeholders are invited to participate in engagement meetings to provide their comments in person.

The ATF will provide funding support to eligible First Nation and Métis communities that are exploring equity positions in the development of new, major transmission lines where the OPA has identified a need for transmission capacity (as detailed in Ontario’s updated Long-Term Energy Plan, Achieving Balance).

The OPA invites First Nation and Métis community representatives and interested stakeholders to provide in-person feedback on the Draft ATF Rules.

The OPA is hosting three meetings where participants will learn more about the Draft ATF Rules and contribute their comments.  

Thunder Bay

Date: April 2, 2014

Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Location: Travelodge Thunder Bay, 450 Memorial Ave, Thunder Bay, ON

Registration begins at 9:30 am and lunch will be served.

Sudbury

Date: April 3, 2014

Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Location: Travelodge Hotel Sudbury, 1401 Paris Street, Sudbury ON

Registration begins at 9:30 am and lunch will be served.

Toronto

Date: April 10, 2014

Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Location: OPA offices, 120 Adelaide Street West, Suite 1600, Toronto, ON

Registration begins at 12:00 pm and lunch will be served.

To register for the meetings, please email ATF@ieso.ca and indicate which meeting you plan to attend.  The OPA will reimburse travel and accommodation costs for up to two representatives following the Government of Ontario Travel, Meal and Hospitality Expenses Directive.  Email ATF@ieso.ca to request the claim form and instructions in advance of the meetings.