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September 23, 2014 – Port McNeill, British Columbia – Department of Finance

Minister of Finance Joe Oliver today announced the Government of Canada’s support for the Kokish River Hydroelectric Project, through a P3 Canada Fund preferential loan of up to $12.94 million.

This low-interest loan is the first of its kind in Canada and will help the ‘Namgis First Nation to build equity in the 45 megawatt run-of-the-river hydroelectric development located within ‘Namgis core territory. The infrastructure is producing electricity for sale to BC Hydro under a 40-year Electricity Purchase Agreement. A portion of the revenue generated each year will be directed into a ‘Namgis Community Benefit Fund.

Quick Facts

  • This is the first P3 Canada Fund project with a First Nation.
  • The project is owned and managed by Kwagis Power LP, a limited partnership of the ‘Namgis First Nation and Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners, with Brookfield responsible for design, construction, financing, operations and maintenance, and ‘Namgis a partner in decision making and monitoring.
  • By entering into this long-term partnership agreement, the First Nation has secured an active role and participation in a sustainable energy project in its ancestral lands, without undue risk to ‘Namgis. The First Nation has the ability to monitor and evaluate the private partner’s performance.
  • The $1.2-billion P3 Canada Fund is managed by PPP Canada, a Crown corporation responsible for advancing Canadian public-private partnerships (P3s) through the provision of expert advice and support to all levels of government.   


“This innovative P3 project will allow the ‘Namgis First Nation to generate both energy and revenue while safeguarding North Vancouver Island’s ecosystem. It also means high-quality jobs will be available for people in the ‘Namgis community over the next 40 years.”

- Joe Oliver, Minister of Finance

“The Kokish River project embodies ‘Namgis values of respect for environment, culture and sound management. Through the P3 Canada Fund loan, we were able to establish a partnership with a corporation that shares our values. This partnership will enable our Nation to share in the economic benefits derived from our ancestral lands.”

- Debra Hanuse, ‘Namgis First Nation Chief

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Media Contacts

Nicholas Bergamini
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Finance

Jack Aubry
Media Relations
Department of Finance

Jo Mrozewski
‘Namgis First Nation

PPP Canada Media Inquiries: or
613-947-9480 / 1-877-947-9480

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