Indigenous Relations

We're committed to developing and maintaining respectful and positive relationships with Indigenous communities across Ontario. We own and operate transmission assets on 23 First Nations reserves and provide distribution services directly to 88 First Nations communities.


Announcing an Industry-Leading Equity Partnership Model with First Nations

Watch the video on Hydro One's First Nations Equity Partnership Model Read News Release

For a second year in a row, we’re proud to support Ontario-based Indigenous businesses with the Hydro One Indigenous Entrepreneurship Grant.

In partnership with Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB), this program helps to further empower Indigenous-owned businesses by awarding 28 recipients with grants and CCAB memberships, investing in their prosperity and success.

infographic: Level 1 is 20 grants of $2,500 plus CCAB Membership, Level 2 is 8 grants of $7,500 plus CCAB Membership

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Meet Maamigin Environmental & Relations Inc.

A recipient of the 2022 Hydro One Indigenous Entrepreneurship Grant

For a second year in a row, we’re proud to support Ontario-based Indigenous businesses with the Hydro One Indigenous Entrepreneurship Grant.

In partnership with Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB), this program helps to further empower Indigenous-owned businesses, investing in their prosperity and success.
 

“At Maamigin Environmental & Relations Inc., we want to be the leading environmental management company in northwest Ontario. This support from Hydro One and the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business signifies a massive step towards realizing that goal,” said Brian Ludwigsen, President, Maamigin Environmental & Relations Inc. “As an Indigenous-owned and operated company, we are so thrilled to have been selected as a recipient of the Hydro One Indigenous Entrepreneurship Grant. We will use the grant to expand our marketing and begin to scale our business throughout northwest Ontario and beyond.”

– Brian Ludwigsen, CEO & Founder, Maamigin Environmental & Relations Inc.


To learn more about the grants and the 2022 recipients, read the news release.

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Investing in Indigenous Communities

We’re committed to increasing our Indigenous procurement spend to 5% of the company’s purchases of materials and services by 2026.

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First Nations Delivery Credit/HST Exemption

Apply to save the delivery charge and/or HST on your electricity bill with our online form — just have your Hydro One Account and Status ID numbers handy.

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2019 Mandamin Award ceremony that took place on June 18, 2019  
 

2019 Mandamin Award Recipients

Hydro One congratulates the 20 recipients of our Leonard S. (Tony) Mandamin Award, a scholarship with the possibility of paid work terms given to First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit students enrolled at a recognized college or university.

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Learn more about Hydro One's engagement sessions with First Nations communities that took place on February 9 and 10, 2017.

First Nations Engagement Sessions

Learn more about Hydro One's engagement session with the Métis Nation of Ontario that took place on May 13, 2017.

Métis Nation Engagement Session



First Nations Delivery Credit/HST Exemption

First Nations Delivery Credit/HST Exemption

Apply to save the delivery charge and/or HST on your electricity bill — just have your Hydro One Account and Status ID numbers handy.

Please contact us at 1-888-664-9376.

Our Indigenous Relations Policy
 


Hydro One is committed to working with Indigenous peoples in a spirit of cooperation and shared responsibility. We acknowledge that Indigenous peoples have unique historic and cultural relationships with their land and a unique knowledge of the natural environment. Forging meaningful relationships with Indigenous peoples based upon trust, confidence, and accountability is vital to achieving our corporate objectives. Hydro One recognizes distinctions between and among First Nations, Inuit, and the Métis Nation.

Download our Indigenous Relations Policy  

Indigenous Participation in Projects
 


Hydro One offers opportunities to Indigenous communities to participate in projects. As an example, Indigenous communities can identify monitors with minimum qualification and training to participate at project sites in Archaeological or Natural Environment Studies, but there are three key conditions. Monitors must have Liability Insurance and Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) coverage, as well as a written Agreement.

Download Important Information for Project Participation  

Community Investment
 


We give back to the communities where we live and work with community investment programs such as PowerPlay. PowerPlay provides grants of up to $20,000 towards capital projects for facilities, where the primary purpose is to support childrens’ community sports and active play. Since the program’s inception in 2007, we have provided over 40 grants to First Nations communities across Ontario.

“We thank Hydro One for their support of our community and its members.”

— Chief Wayne Smith of Naicatchewenin First Nation

“On behalf of the Dokis First Nation, I would like to express our utmost appreciation to Hydro One for its support of our multi-purpose outdoor rink.”

— Chief Denise Restoule of Dokis First Nation

Sponsorships
 


We're a supporter of the Lieutenant Governor’s Aboriginal Literacy Summer Camps, which is managed through Frontier College. These camps make a huge difference in the lives of young people in 28 First Nations communities in Ontario by incorporating literacy in fun, engaging and effective ways. We support a variety of community-based events throughout Ontario through sponsorships.

To learn more, visit our Sponsorships section.

Career Opportunities
 

First Nations, Métis and Inuit employees are an important part of our workforce. We recruit for positions throughout the year, both for professionals as well as students. Our Summer Student Outreach program designates a portion of summer student positions for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students. The program is four months long and applicants must be attending a post-secondary institution and be scheduled to return in the fall. Postings are available in the spring.

Interested in joining our team? Visit our Careers section, or search and apply for job opportunities online.

For more information, email Aboriginal.Recruitment@HydroOne.com.
 

Customer Benefits

Tax exemption

You are exempt from paying the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) if you are a First Nations person living on a reserve, provincial government office, Band-empowered school, hospital or Social Service entity. In order to receive this exemption, please contact our Customer Communications Centre with your Certificate of Indian Status card number at 1-866-543-8031.
 

Ontario Electricity Rebate (OER)

The OER is a provincial rebate equal to 11.7 per cent of the base invoice before HST that's applied to most residential customers, farms and many small businesses bills as a separate line item (as of November 1, 2022).

We have developed the below profiles to help customers see how these relief measures will impact their bill.

​​​​Average First Nations Residential Medium ​Density
(1,150 kWh per month)
2022 Charges ​Charges before Customer Benefits Charges after Customer Benefits ​​Savings
Electricity $106.84 $106.84 $0
​​Delivery $99.82
$0.00 $99.82*
Regulatory
$5.08 $5.08 $0
Taxes $0.00 $0.00
$0
OER
($13.09)
$13.09
​Total Monthly Savings ​

$112.91


* Savings include Distribution Rate Protection, First Nations Delivery Credit and the Ontario Electricity Rebate.

​​​​Average First Nations Residential Low ​Density
(1,150 kWh per month)
2022 Charges ​Charges before Customer Benefits Charges after Customer Benefits ​​Savings
Electricity $106.84 $10684. $0
​​Delivery $123.85 $0.00 $123.85*
​​Regulatory
$5.21
$5.21 $0
Taxes $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
OER
($13.11)
$13.11
​Total Monthly Savings

 $136.96


* Savings include Rural or Remote Rate Protection, Distribution Rate Protection, First Nations Delivery Credit and the Ontario Electricity Rebate.


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