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Geothermal, drilling projects get federal funding


March 14, 2018
By Ground Water Canada

Songhees Nation, B.C. – Forty-five First Nations, Indigenous businesses and programs in Western Canada, including a geothermal and drilling training project, will receive more than $27 million in federal funding to expand their business activities and pursue new economic opportunities.

On March 13 at the Songhees Nation in on Vancouver Island, Navdeep Bains, minister of innovation, science and economic development and minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada, announced more than $27 million for 45 projects in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, through the Western Diversification Program.

The projects represent an array of economic activities, from rural First Nations installing solar equipment to generate power for their communities to post-secondary institutions launching programs to train the next generation of Indigenous workers.

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On the list of recipients were two Winnipeg projects: Aki Energy Incorporated will receive $1,167,200 to install geothermal heating systems in 600 First Nation homes and Manitoba Construction Sector Council will receive $1,254,800 to establish a blast-hole drilling training program.