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In recent years, a number of pilot projects have been
undertaken to further understand and assess the challenges
of energy projects across N&RCs in Canada.

clients and their respective rates is also presented, helping to
explain the existing subsidy framework. finally, a summary
of the most relevant issues regarding energy generation and
their implications for future re projects is presented.

Canadian N&RC Grids and Microgrids
Approximately 280 n&rcs are scattered across canada (see
figure 5), and their population encompasses both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal groups.

Aboriginal first nation groups are found mostly in British columbia, manitoba, the northwest territories, ontario,
saskatchewan, and the yukon. each group is governed by a
band council led by a chief, who can lead a single or multiple
communities. inuit communities are distributed across labrador, the northwest territories, and, predominantly, nunavut. the inuit have a self-governing body with a nonprofit
organization, inuit tapiriit Kanatami, which deals directly
with the government of canada on matters of mutual

Installed Capacity
Unknown (Likely <1 MW)
< 1 MW
1-5 MW
5-10 MW
10-20 MW
>20 MW
YT

NU

NT

NL
BC

QC

AB
SK
AB: Alberta
BC: British Columbia
MB: Manitoba
NL: Newfoundland and Labrador
NT: Northwest Territories
NU: Nunavut
ON: Ontario
QC: Quebec
SK: Saskatchewan
YT: Yukon

MB
ON

figure 5. The classification of Canada's N&RCs based on the installed capacity of their electrical equipment.
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