The Ontario Power Authority (now the IESO) and the representatives of the remote First Nation communities and tribal councils in the area drafted the 2012 Technical Report for the Connection of Remote First Nation Communities in Northwest Ontario. Since the release of the plan in 2012, engagement of the communities has continued and an updated draft Remote Community Connection Plan was posted in August 2014.
The updated analysis identifies that there is an economic case to connect up to 21 remote communities at this time, including Marten Falls First Nation. The remaining communities are not economic to connect at present, largely due to their relatively small size and distance from existing transmission infrastructure. Also, the updated draft plan reflects the assessment of the connection for remote communities and the Ring of Fire mine development area from the transmission system in the vicinity of Marathon/Nipigon – an option which was developed in the North of Dryden Integrated Regional Resource Plan. These changes, among other updates, have been reflected in the 2014 draft Remote Community Connection Plan.
Current status: The draft Remote Community Connection Plan continues to be in draft form as community engagement has not yet been finalized. Efforts are underway to finalize engagement so that all communities who wish to provide input to be documented and considered within the plan, are able to do so.