GN Partners

Throughout the Government of Nunavut, there are several departments and territorial corporations that are responsible for energy services throughout the territory. Click the name of each stakeholder to learn more.

CGS is responsible for managing GN property, government procurement, administering utilities, promoting energy conservation in government facilities, and purchasing petroleum products in bulk. Within CGS there are two primary divisions responsible for energy-related matters: the Technical Services Division and the Petroleum Products Division.

Technical Services Division
The CGS-Technical Services section plays an important role in reducing energy consumption and the use of non-renewable resources in government facilities through the Nunavut Energy Management Program (NEMP). Through the Iqaluit Pilot Retrofit Project (an implementation of NEMP), 40 GN owned buildings have been energy retrofitted to conserve electricity, oil and water.  The GN has also taken steps toward utilizing alternative energy in Nunavut. A Solar Wall has been installed at the Baffin Regional Hospital to heat air, and Solar Domestic Hot Water (DHW) panels have been installed at three other GN facilities. These projects are being monitored to gather information about their appropriate use in the North.

Petroleum Products Division

The Petroleum Products Division (PPD) is a division of the Government of Nunavut’s Department of Community and Government Services.  PPD maintains inventories of petroleum products in all of Nunavut’s communities where no commercial suppliers (e.g. Esso, Shell, etc.) exist.  The mandate of PPD is:

A) To purchase, transport, deliver, store, distribute and sell refined petroleum products to residents in all communities of Nunavut in a safe, economic, efficient and reliable manner; and

B) To ensure a continuous supply of refined petroleum products (e.g. gasoline, diesel, Jet A-1, etc.) adequate to meet the current needs of consumers and the future development of Nunavut.

Each summer during the ice-free months, fuel is transported to each community via ocean tanker or tug and barge and is stored in on-shore bulk storage tanks. Locally hired and trained Fuel Delivery Contractors then deliver and sell the products to residents throughout the year.

For more information, visit CGS’s website.

The Qulliq Energy Corporation (QEC) is a territorial corporation 100% owned by the Government of Nunavut. QEC is the only generator, transmitter, and distributor of electrical energy in Nunavut.

All electricity needs in Nunavut are met by imported fossil fuel supplies, specifically diesel fuel. Qulliq Energy is the only energy corporation in Canada without developed local energy resources or regional electricity transmission capabilities, creating a situation of huge diesel dependency.Each community in Nunavut has its own independent electricity generation and distribution system. There is no back-up grid.

There are approximately 16,680 electrical customers across Nunavut.  Power is distributed to Nunavummiut through the operation of 26 stand-alone diesel plants in 25 communities.  Mechanical, electrical and line maintenance is provided from three regional centres, and administration of the Corporation’s business activities is coordinated from headquarters in Baker Lake and offices in Iqaluit.

Qulliq Energy Corporation is incorporated and operates under the Qulliq Energy Corporation
Act while its energy pricing is regulated pursuant to the Utility Rates Review Council Act.

For more information, visit the QEC website.

The Nunavut Housing Corporation (NHC) works to bring targeted housing solutions to Nunavummiut through the delivery of the Public Housing program, GN Staff Housing program, and various homeowner support programs.

Public housing is delivered through Management Agreements with NHC’s 25 community partners, the Local Housing Organizations (LHO). Public housing represents 50% of all housing stock in Nunavut. The NHC also administers the Government of Nunavut (GN) Staff Housing portfolio utilizing the GN Staff Housing Policy. The GN Staff Housing portfolio represents 13% of the housing stock in Nunavut.

Between public housing and GN staff housing, the Nunavut Housing Corporation is directly responsible for the energy needs of 63% of all housing stock in Nunavut.  This includes both electricity and heating use.  In addition, NHC also administers various homeowner support programs that go towards saving energy such as the Homeowner Oil Tank Replacement Program and Home Renovation Program.

For more information, visit their website.

The Department of Environment (DOE) has the lead responsibility for ensuring the protection, promotion, and sustainable use of natural resources in Nunavut. The Department of Environment delivers a wide range of regulatory and program functions to ensure the careful management of our resources.

Among its responsibilities related to energy and fossil fuel use in Nunavut, the Department is responsible for enforcing Nunavut’s environmental acts and regulations, including the Environmental Protection Act and the Spill Contingency Planning and Reporting Regulations. In this capacity, DOE monitors and investigates hazardous material spills, provides spill response training, and has initiated a home heating oil tank inspection program that involves free inspections of heating oil tank installations.

The Department also coordinates climate change adaptation programs and initiatives within the Government of Nunavut and works closely with communities and other  stakeholders to help build capacity for Nunavummiut to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

For more information, please visit their website.

As a central agency, the Department of Finance advises the Minister of Finance and Cabinet’s Financial Management Board on fiscal and economic policy issues, administers Nunavut’s taxsystem, manages the GN’s annual budget development process, supports the financial operations of GN departments and public agencies, and works to ensure that the GN makes sound financial decisions and accounts for them in an accurate and transparent manner.

The Fiscal and Economic Policy section works with departments to understand the fiscal and economic implications of proposed policies, such as energy subsidies.  The Department of Finance also works to offset the high cost of electricity in the territory through energy subsidies that reduce the costs of home ownership and small business development.

For more information about the Department of Finance and the programs it offers, visit their website.

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