Business development with Indigenous partners

The trust Indigenous communities and FortisBC have created together is reflected in our work on important energy projects that cross Traditional lands, including community-led projects brought forward by First Nations communities and infrastructure projects that support delivering energy to 1.2 million customers. We’ll strive to deepen the relationships and trust we’re building with Indigenous communities as we continue our collaboration.

Always ready to collaborate

We value the knowledge and expertise Indigenous consultants and contractors contribute to an energy project and welcome the opportunity to develop mutually beneficial relationships with First Nations communities. Read on for a few examples of these partnerships.

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Safety professionals play critical role

Discussions between the FortisBC and ProActive Safety & First Aid, a Ktunaxa citizen-owned business, resulted in a great opportunity for the business, the wider community and FortisBC. The process of listening and collaborating led to the creation of a one-year safety officer internship for a member of the Ktunaxa Nation. This helps launch a career closer to home while increasing availability of safety professionals, a critical role on FortisBC projects.

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Partnering for renewable energy

The Upper Nicola Band and the Okanagan Nation Alliance asked the industry for proposals on a 15-megawatt solar project and chose to partner with us. Once completed, this community-led project will produce enough electricity to power close to 5,000 homes and be the largest solar farm in Western Canada.

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Powering emission-free travel

The opening of two electric vehicle charging stations in the Interior in 2020 marked the first publicly available stations in a First Nations community in BC. The joint effort with the Osoyoos Indian Band reflected their forward-thinking approach to economic development and our shared belief for cleaner transportation and sustainable business growth.

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Preparing the way for energy delivery

For any infrastructure project, environmental monitoring and restoration is vitally important to the environment itself and the surrounding communities. When we upgraded and replaced 20 kilometres of gas line running through Vancouver, Burnaby and Coquitlam, we joined forces with Seven Generations Environmental Services, a company owned by six Stó:lō Nations communities, for the expert monitoring and Inlailawatash, of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, for vegetation clearing and restoration.

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Creating jobs and millions in investment

In 2012, the Stz’uminus First Nation and Cowichan Tribes each invested $5.7 million in our Mt. Hayes LNG storage facility project on Vancouver Island. As a result, the region saw approximately $70 million in investment including direct employment during construction and 12 full-time facility jobs.

Work with us

Collaborating with Indigenous communities to develop business and employment opportunities is an important priority for FortisBC. As a Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business Progressive Aboriginal Relations silver level member, we’re committed to continuing to work towards improvement in our leadership actions, business development, employment and community relationships.

To further our commitment to safe worksites and streamline the pre-qualification process, we’ve chosen ISNetworld® (ISN) as FortisBC’s primary contractor pre-qualification system for all work classified as moderate to high-risk.

Learn more about how to become a FortisBC contractor or vendor.

Let’s get in touch

Have a business opportunity in mind? Email us today and let’s have a conversation.

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