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Investments Being Made to Make Mi’kmaw Communities Energy Efficient

Nov 24, 2022 | 11:43 AM

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Additional funding from the Province and Federal Government will ensure all homes in Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw communities can get free energy efficiency upgrades.

Efficiency Nova Scotia delivers the project for privately owned and band-owned homes in all 13 Mi’kmaw communities across the province. Participants get an assessment and energy saving upgrades installed at no cost. Upgrades include draft-proofing, insulation, and heat pumps. The project helps cut home energy bills, improves the comfort and resilience of homes, reduces greenhouse gases, and creates local green jobs.

Minister of Natural Resources and Renewables Tory Rushton says this will allow Mi’Kmaw communities to save money and help fight climate change. To date, the project has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by around 1000 Tonnes.

“The Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw Chiefs is proud to be working to create positive changes on how energy is used in our Mi’kmaw communities.” stated Chief Andrea Paul from the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw Chiefs. “We know how important it is to create a greener future for everyone, and it’s important that the Mi’Kmaq are part of the solution.”

This will be the second phase of the Mi’kmaw Home Energy Efficiency Project, with $12 million invested so more than 1,000 more homes can be upgraded. In phase one an estimated 1,200 homes were upgraded with $14 million in provincial and federal funding.

The goal of the second phase is to upgrade all the remaining homes by 2027.


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