Pictou Landing First Nation creates training facility and seizes economic opportunity

Published on July 20, 2015
Chief Andrea Paul signs a Memorandum of Understanding as part of a partnership with MacGregors Industrial Group and • Solar Global Solutions.
ADAM MACINNIS – THE NEWS

Pictou Landing –  A green facility that will house development, training and administration activities while also opening the door for a new business stream in the community is going to be built in Pictou Landing this summer.

Central Nova MP Peter MacKay, Regional Minister for Nova Scotia today announced that the Government of Canada is supporting this project to ensure greater sustainability, with an investment of $650,000 through ACOA’s

Innovative Communities Fund. MacKay was joined at the event by Pictou Landing First Nation Chief Andrea Paul.

“The long-term prosperity of our families, depends on ensuring communities have the tools they need to grow  and be sustainable well into the future,” MacKay said. “Our Government recognizes the vital role that community-based endeavors such as this training facility play in creating local jobs and generating economic growth in our communities. This project illustrates the wonderful benefits that can result from well-thought out partnerships between private industry and the communities they serve.”

PLFN is partnering with MacGregors Industrial Group (a metal fabrication company) and Solar Global Solutions (a renewable energy engineering company) to create an energy-efficient, technology-rich modular building. The pre-fabricated structure has been designed—with support from the Pictou County Chamber of Commerce—for quick assembly, efficient insulation, and integration of renewable energy technologies such as solar-powered systems. Once complete, the building will become a model for the partnership and serve as a marketing tool to develop sales for similar structures in Canada’s North—where energy costs are prohibitive and construction is challenging.

The new 6,000 square foot facility will also be used for Band administration and as a learning facility for skills training, employment training and programming related to health and other life skills.

“Pictou Landing First Nation is very excited to be leaders in this innovative, energy-efficient and community-based project,” said Paul. “This project, in collaboration with Chambers of Commerce, ACOA, MacGregors and Solar Global Solutions proves what great opportunities exist when communities work together.”

In January 2015, the Government of Canada announced $58,000 through ACOA’s Business Development Program (BDP) to support the planning and design stage of the project.