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Métis Nation–Saskatchewan establishing EnerGuide Capacity Initiative

“Community demand for these services is strong”

April 14, 2023  By  Anthony Capkun

April 14, 2023 – Natural Resources Canada is providing $414,000 in funding to the Métis Nation–Saskatchewan (MN-S) to establish the MN-S EnerGuide Capacity Initiative.

“Métis Nation–Saskatchewan is looking forward to building on its work with Natural Resources Canada to train energy auditors in northern Saskatchewan,” said Brent Laroque, director, Environment, MN-S.

The project aims to increase awareness of home energy efficiency, and build capacity for Indigenous energy advisors and EnerGuide home energy evaluation services for Métis in Saskatchewan.

Laroque noted that northern Saskatchewan communities are faced with long travel times for energy auditors, which increases costs and creates barriers to participation in the Canada Greener Homes Initiative.

“MN-S is proud to begin the training process for additional auditors starting in Pinehouse, Saskatchewan, this spring. Community demand for these services is strong, and the Greener Homes program is an important tool for bringing down the massive home heating costs for Métis living in these communities.”

The MN-S will establish itself as a licensed EnerGuide service organization to ensure Métis communities have the internal capacity to conduct home evaluation activities for their housing throughout the province. With the support of this initiative, the MN-S will be take on a “leading role as an Indigenous home evaluation service provider”.

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