Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has been awarded Gold Designation through the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) program.
The PAR certification program confirms corporate performance in Aboriginal relations at the bronze, silver or gold level. PAR gold companies demonstrate sustained leadership in Indigenous relations and commitment to working with Aboriginal businesses and communities, through innovative programs and engagement. Previously, OPG held the silver PAR designation.
The designation is determined by a jury of Aboriginal businesspeople. The decision is supported by independent and third-party verification of company reports on measurable outcomes and initiatives in four key areas:
- Leadership actions
- Business development
- Community relations
OPG demonstrates leadership in Indigenous relations across the province, using the PAR program as a framework. Collaboration internally and with communities is the keystone of OPG’s Indigenous relations and has led to effective strategy development and mutually beneficial outcomes in the areas of employment, business development and community investment, according to a release.
“We recognize the value that Indigenous participation in the economy and workforce brings to Ontario and beyond. As we move forward, we do so with a focus on continuous improvement and tangible outcomes that demonstrate reconciliation. We are grateful to the CCAB for recognizing our progress,” said Heather Ferguson, OPG senior vice president, corporate affairs.
OPG uses an evaluation tool that includes social engagement to consider the involvement of Indigenous businesses in the procurement process and recognize the socioeconomic impact of working with Indigenous communities.
OPG has more than 50 formal agreements with Indigenous communities and organizations, including partnerships on electricity generation and the Indigenous Opportunities in Nuclear partnership with Kagita Mikam, a program that increases employment of indigenous people in nuclear industry. Generation partnerships include:
- Peter Sutherland Sr. Generating Station, with Coral Rapids Power, a wholly-owned company of Taykwa Tagamou Nation
- The Lower Mattagami Project, with Moose Cree First Nation
- Lac Seul Generating Station, with Lac Seul First Nation
- Nanticoke Solar Project, with the Six Nations Development Corporation, a community owned corporation of the Six Nations of the Grand River and Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.