WAHA First Nation’s Energy Project

In June 2016 - September 2017, the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care is led an energy project to assist health care facilities in Ontario’s remote First Nation’s communities on the western coast of James Bay with energy efficiency, conservation, education, and training.Work was undertaken through a community partnership with the Fort Albany Power Corporation (FAPC) which provides electrical power to the First Nation’s community of Fort Albany and the Weeneebayko Area Health Authority (WAHA), which is western James Bay's local health care organisation.
The project was led by the Coalition's health care-specific technical resource program known as HealthCare Energy Leaders Ontario (HELO).Project partners site energy assessments revealed a range of energy efficiency and conservation possibilities and opportunities to convert utility dollars into health care delivery thus improving the quality of health care in these First Nations communities. Case studies and energy management guidance documents are routinely available for health care facilities in urban and southern settings, but very little exists for remote northern locations. Case studies developed for this project will provide guidance to other smaller remote northern health care facilities and enable others to develop and execute their own energy initiatives.

This initiative was made possible in part through the financial support of the Independent Electricity System Operator’s (“IESO”) Education and Capacity Building Program. The Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care is solely responsible for implementation of this initiative, and the IESO has no responsibility or liability whatsoever in the event that any person suffers any losses or damages of any kind as a result of the initiative.