The Meadow Lake Bioenergy Centre is expected to create 300 jobs over its two-year construction period and 25 permanent jobs to operate the new plant. The centre is also expected to contribute to the creation of new jobs and investment in spin-off industries to service the power plant as well as supply biomass fuel and other materials. It is anticipated that the plant will be in service in late 2014.
Funding for this initiative was made through Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada's Major Projects and Investment Funds (formerly known as Major Resource and Energy Development Investments Initiative), which is designed to help Aboriginal businesses partner in some of the most important energy and economic development projects in the country. This initiative is supported by the Federal Framework for Aboriginal Economic Development, the Government of Canada's policy framework outlining its vision, priorities, and strategy for increasing the participation of Aboriginal peoples in the Canadian economy.
The Meadow Lake Tribal Council Resource Development Inc. (MLTC RDI) manages and grows the investment portfolio of the Meadow Lake Tribal Council and its nine bands. The nine First Nations include: Canoe Lake, Flying Dust, Island Lake, Makwa Sahgaiehcan, Waterhen Lake, Birch Narrows, Buffalo River, Clearwater River and English River.