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.
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR 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.
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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
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.
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, you can also email
You're 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 fill out and send us the
exemption form and contact our Customer Communications Centre with your Certificate of Indian Status card number at 1-866-543-8031 or email
Ontario's Fair Hydro Plan*
As part of the Fair Hydro Plan, the Ontario Government has announced a new
First Nations Delivery Credit, which on-reserve Indigenous residential customers will see on their bills starting July 1, 2017. This credit will result in the delivery charge being removed from your bill.
The First Nations Delivery Credit, could reduce the delivery portion of your bill by as much as $85 a month for a typical residential customer with a medium density using 1,150 kWh a month.
In order to receive this credit, we must have your official Indian status card number. If we don’t have your Indian status card number on file, please complete and return the HST Exemption and First Nations Delivery Credit Form to us as soon as possible.
*On-reserve Indigenous customers who live in Cat Lake will receive an $8 service charge credit to offset the delivery portion of the bill.
We have developed the profiles below to help customers see how these relief measures will impact their bill.