Algoma Power Helps Wawa Build a New Goose and a Bright Future
WAWA, ONTARIO (February 23, 2017) - The Municipality of Wawa (“Municipality”) is pleased to announce a
partnership with Algoma Power Inc. (“Algoma Power”) and its parent company FortisOntario Inc. (“FortisOntario”).
Algoma Power, as a long-time community partner in Wawa, recognizes the importance of preserving an iconic
Canadian monument, the Wawa Goose, especially now that Canada marks its sesquicentennial. To that end,
Algoma Power is committing to a multi-year donation totalling $40,000 for the replacement and maintenance of
the Wawa Goose. This endowment will be comprised of an initial contribution for the installation of the new
Goose, followed by annual contributions through 2021 for ongoing maintenance requirements.
“We look forward to the unveiling of the new Wawa Goose monument during the celebration of Canada’s 150th
birthday! It is truly an honour and privilege to be able to pledge our support for this project and to work with the
Municipality of Wawa on sustaining a significant piece of Algoma’s history,” says Jennifer Rose, Regional Manager
Algoma Power Inc.
The Municipality has initiated a maintenance fund where all additional public donations will be placed; this
maintenance fund will ensure that the Wawa Goose will remain cared for and will look its best into the future.
The town’s name, Wawa, originates from the Ojibway word “wawagonk” meaning Wild Goose and the Wawa
Goose has long been a symbol of its identity. The Wawa Goose was first created to attract travellers off the newly
constructed Trans-Canada Highway, remaining the main purpose of the historic monument. As one of the most
photographed landmarks in North America, it has been a fundamental stop for many cross-Canada tours. More
than just an attraction for tourists, the Wawa Goose Monument has become representative of Wawa itself – an
icon instantly recognizable on the world stage.
Ron Rody, Mayor of Wawa, stated, “On behalf of Citizens and Staff of the Municipality of Wawa we would like to
sincerely thank Algoma Power for this generous donation. Their show of community support for the icon of Wawa,
and their recognition of the importance that the Wawa Goose holds for the benefit of the community is greatly
appreciated. With this donation to the Wawa Goose, our valued community partner, Algoma Power is helping to
ensure that Wawa remains a strong and vibrant community for years to come.”
Further information will be announced shortly with regard to the final fundraising campaign to renew the Wawa
API is a wholly-owned subsidiary of FortisOntario Inc. API has 12,000 customers in the Algoma District of northern
Ontario, more than 1,800 kilometers of distribution lines in an area that covers over 14,000 square kilometers.
FortisOntario, headquartered in Fort Erie, has operations in electricity distribution and transmission, and serves
approximately 65,000 customers primarily located in Fort Erie, Port Colborne, Cornwall, Gananoque and the
Algoma district of Ontario and meets a peak demand of over 275 MW. FortisOntario is 100% owned by Fortis Inc.
of St. John’s, Newfoundland. For more information on FortisOntario, please visit the corporate website at