Economic Development

We all benefit when we work together to create paths to lasting prosperity

Indigenous company - Algonquin interiors employees working

We all benefit when we work together to create paths to lasting prosperity

We all benefit when we work together to create paths to lasting prosperity

Indigenous company - Algonquin interiors employees working

We all benefit when we work together to create paths to lasting prosperity

What does it take to make partnerships genuine? It begins with respect for cultural differences, recognizing cultural strengths and understanding the impact of past injustices on how we work together today.

Developing and sustaining genuine partnerships is part of the healing journey we're taking together.

In 2013, we introduced an Indigenous economic development initiative that focuses on employment, education, and the environment. Since then, more than $33 million in contracts has been awarded and more than 100 Indigenous youth hired by Enbridge Gas’ alliance contractors. In 2017 alone, we awarded a record $10.5 million to Indigenous suppliers, vendors and contractors.

In 2015, we facilitated the creation of A6N, a joint venture between our construction alliance partner Aecon Group Inc. and Six Nations of the Grand River to perform a broad range of construction-related work in southwestern Ontario. Today, A6N employs 82 Indigenous workers and does more than $40 million in business annually. The company operates with a 90 per cent Indigenous employment rating. In 2018, A6N was named Company of the Year by the Ontario Energy Association.

Listen to our Manager of Indigenous Affairs, Ken McCorkle, talk about how he uses his role to build meaningful partnerships with Indigenous communities.

We benefit from partnerships with Indigenous suppliers

Planet Stitch—one of our suppliers since 2008—offers services such as in-house graphic design and custom embroidery for corporate wear. PlanetStitch is an Aamjiwnaang First Nation company that hires locally and augments staff with Indigenous students.

Young's Forestry Services is a brushing and logging company formed by Brian and Lorie Young in 1995. Brian is a band member of the Nipissing First Nation and Lorie is a member of the Dokis First Nation. Located on the Nipissing First Nation near North Bay, Young's employs up to 14 men at a time, most of who are of Indigenous ancestry, and has been one of our suppliers since 2008.

In 2015, we welcomed Morningstar, an Indigenous food vendor to deliver the cafeteria services at our office in Chatham. Morningstar is located on Rama First Nation and owner Chris Trainor is from Thessalon First Nation.

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See how our relationships with four Indigenous-owned businesses are bringing lasting value to their communities and helping us grow together.
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