November 4, 2016 – Pictou Landing, NS – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Sean Fraser, Member of Parliament for Central Nova, was in Pictou Landing today to celebrate the grand opening of the Pictou Landing First Nation (PLFN)’s new 6,000 square foot multi-purpose building. This energy-efficient and technology-rich showcase facility will serve as the Band Administration Building as well as a training centre and showcase facility. MP Fraser attended the opening on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)
The community of Pictou Landing First Nation, supported by the Pictou County Chamber of Commerce, partnered with two businesses—MacGregors Industrial Group and Solar Global Solutions to complete the project. The building serves as a demonstration tool and a cornerstone in the marketing of similar buildings in other parts of Canada, primarily the North where energy costs are prohibitive and construction is challenging. The structure was designed for quick assembly, efficient insulation and integration of renewable energy technologies. All project partners share the common goal of actively participating in the fabrication and sale of these weather-tight buildings in a cooperative way. The showcase facility will be leveraged to provide employment and income opportunities in the community.
This multi-purpose facility will promote an entrepreneurial and creative community by providing residents with access to skills training, employment assistance, and coaching in health and other fields.
The Government of Canada previously announced its $650,000 contribution, through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund, toward the construction of this multi-purpose building, matching PLFN’s investment.
“The Government of Canada is committed to investments in education, infrastructure, training and other programs that will help to secure a better quality of life for Indigenous Peoples, and build a stronger, more unified, and more prosperous Canada. Our government is happy to support this project, as it emphasizes clean energy; and innovation in our energy sector can be commercialized, and exported.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
“Pictou Landing First Nation’s showcase facility will provide immediate and long-term benefits to the local community, and will have a positive impact on remote communities in Canada’s North. Community and business development projects such as this represent an important investment that spurs job creation, economic growth, and broader prosperity for First Nations communities and the economy as a whole.”
– Sean Fraser, Member of Parliament for Central Nova
“Partnership between the two businesses (MacGregor’s and Solar) has been a positive relationship for our community in terms of business opportunity, growth and development. We are appreciative of the leadership of the Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jack Kyte for bringing the partners together along with ACOA to bring an idea to fruition. We look forward to future opportunities for our community.”
– Andrea Paul, Chief, Pictou Landing First Nation
Building Capacity, Sustaining Community (ACOA news release – July 20, 2015)
Director of Communications and Outreach
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Phone: 902-426-9417 / 902-830-3839 (cell)
Chief Andrea Paul
Pictou Landing First Nation
Phone: 902-752-4912 / 902-921-1161 (cell)
Pictou Landing First Nation
The Pictou Landing Band Council was formed by the Indian Act and is the legal governing body in Pictou Landing First Nation (PLFN), Trenton, Nova Scotia. The PLFN is managed by the Band Council and a team of staff. The Council is comprised of an elected chief and six councilors and represents over 476 on-reserve and 151 off-reserve members.
The Band Council implements various types of activities, one being economic development, which is spearheaded by the Pictou Landing Development Corporation (PLDC), an incorporated non-profit. PLDC was established in 1989 with the direction to act as a vehicle for sustainable economic development in the Pictou Landing community.
MacGregors Industrial Group
MacGregors Industrial Group produces energy efficient prefabricated buildings that are designed for rapid assembly of the exterior walls and roof. The design provides cost efficiency in both local markets and extremely remote locations. Based in New Glasgow, MacGregors Industrial Group’s primary services are custom metal fabrication, custom machining and industrial sales.
Solar Solutions Group
Solar Global Solutions (SGS) is a renewable energy company founded in Halifax in 1988. SGS manufactures solar powered off-grid street lights and provides turn-key Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) services for Net-Zero / Energy-Neutral / Micro-Grid applications for municipalities, remote communities, First Nations, and areas with high electricity rates or unreliable power.
Pictou County Chamber of Commerce
The Pictou County Chamber of Commerce represents and supports over 230 local businesses and organizations in northern Nova Scotia. In addition to its advocacy work, the Chamber promotes economic development and community-business partnerships for mutual gain.