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Government of Canada supports Kivalliq Hydro–Fibre Link project [free access]

February 25, 2019

The Government of Canada, through the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor), is supporting a two-year technical and feasibility study on developing a hydroelectric-fibre optic link, which would connect communities in the Kivalliq region to Northern Manitoba to reduce the use of fossil fuel for energy generation, and improve internet connectivity in these communities. In this regard, the Minister of Intergovernmental and Northern Affairs and Internal Trade has announced funding worth CAD1.6 billion. The study work would include gathering technical data, conceptual design work, cost analysis, and sorting out the required permits, and government and stakeholder engagements.


The Kivalliq Inuit Association and Anbaric Development Partners are developing the Kivalliq Hydro-Fibre Link, an electric transmission system extending from Manitoba into the Kivalliq region of Nunavut, delivering reliable renewable energy and broadband Internet service. It includes a 230 kV, 1,200 km transmission line, several shorter medium voltage transmission lines, and a fibre optic line. These lines would connect Northern Manitoba, five Kivalliq communities and Agnico Eagle Mines, a major employer in the region. High‐speed Internet via fibre-optic cable is being provided to the region for the first time, helping to improve telecommunications for businesses and public service delivery.


CanNor is investing CAD1,628,900 over two years in the study, and the Kivalliq Inuit Association and Anbaric Development Partners are contributing an additional CAD818,168. The Kivalliq Inuit Association represents Inuit in the region, from the communities of Arviat, Whale Cove, Rankin Inlet, Chesterfield Inlet, Baker Lake, Naujaat, and Coral Harbour.


The project is scheduled to become operational in 2024.