Government of Canada invests in rehabilitation of French River Dams Complex

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Providing reliable dams operations and improving resilience to climate change.

April 18, 2023 - Dokis, Ontario - Public Services and Procurement Canada

The Government of Canada is committed to maintaining its dam infrastructure and water management operations.

Today, the Honourable Helena Jaczek, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, announced that a contract worth over $2.25 million (excluding taxes) was awarded on February 17, 2023, to Restoule JCARL Construction from the Dokis First Nation in a joint venture with Dominion Construction.  Work as part of this contract includes replacing the boathouse and wharf, and rehabilitating the foundation of the workshop, all of which are part of the Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) French River Dams Complex.

Located within the Dokis First Nation territory, the wharf and boathouse have reached the end of their service life and the workshop requires strengthening of its foundation. This project will ensure reliable dam operations and contribute to climate change resiliency. Improvements to water management operations will help mitigate the impacts of increasingly frequent and intense weather events. The project will also maintain a healthy and safe work environment at the French River Dams Complex.

In support of Indigenous reconciliation, the tender process was only open to Indigenous companies. Restoule JCARL Construction is family-owned and operated and located on the upper French River. Dominion Construction is also family owned and operated and is located in the Greater Sudbury region in Northern Ontario.

Construction is expected to begin in summer 2023 and be completed by fall 2023. There are no expected impacts to the dam operations during construction.


“Our government recognizes the importance of investing in local infrastructure. This project allows the government to continue operating the French River Dams in a timely manner to prevent water management issues. It will also play an important role in helping local communities, including the Dokis First Nation, by ensuring that they continue to thrive.”

The Honourable Helena Jaczek
Minister of Public Services and Procurement

Quick facts

  • The French River Dams Complex includes a wharf, boathouse and workshop.

  • The existing wharf consists of a timber crib structure and also serves as a retaining wall.

  • The existing boathouse is a single story building for boat entry and sheltered mooring.

  • The existing workshop is a single-storey building with 1 room housing a shop area and storing a variety of equipment and building materials.

  • For this procurement process, PSPC used a 100% Set-aside Program for Indigenous Business.

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Olivier Pilon
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Helena Jaczek 

Media Relations
Public Services and Procurement Canada 

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