Birtle Transmission Project
The Birtle Transmission Project built a 230-kV transmission line from Birtle Station, south of the community of Birtle, to the Manitoba–Saskatchewan border. SaskPower was responsible for building the transmission line in Saskatchewan that connects to their station in Tantallon, SK.
The project began with public and Indigenous engagement in fall 2016 to spring 2017. The line was energized March 29, 2021 to begin transmitting power to Saskatchewan. We received a Class 2 Development Licence (Licence #3314) under The Environment Act (Manitoba) on January 14, 2020. Construction started in July 2020 and the project was completed in March 2021.
View materials created for the Birtle Transmission Project:
Environmental protection and management plans
These plans were used as guides for contractors and field personnel during the construction of the Birtle Transmission Project. They helped us meet environmental legislation requirements and protect the environment.
- Access management plan (PDF, 3.1 MB);
- Access management plan mapbook (PDF, 21.9 MB);
- Biosecurity management plan (PDF, 6.1 MB);
- Construction environmental plan (PDF, 19.7 MB);
- Construction environmental protection plan mapbook (PDF, 20.7 MB);
- Cultural and heritage resources protection plan (PDF, 4.8 MB);
- Environmental monitoring plan (PDF, 958 KB);
- Grasslands offset plan for impacts to grassland bird habitat in the Spy Hill–Ellice Community Pasture (PDF, 4.7 MB).
Annual monitoring reports
- Environmental monitoring report 2021 (PDF, 3.2 MB);
- Stream crossing technical report 2021 (PDF, 1.5 MB);
- Vegetation technical report 2021 (PDF, 20.9 MB);
- Sharp-tailed grouse technical report 2021 (PDF, 3.4 MB);
- Bird species of conservation concern technical report 2021 (PDF, 2.7 MB).
- Environmental monitoring report 2020 (PDF, 2.8 MB);
Culture and heritage monitoring report
- Culture and heritage monitoring report 2021 (PDF, 1.8 MB).
Final preferred route maps
Localized final preferred route maps:
GIS data – project infrastructure for download
This zip file contains spatial files in ESRI Shapefile format of the project infrastructure. They are viewable using geographic information system software. We recommend extracting the files to your computer, rather than opening them online. The .kml file will allow you to view the route(s) with software such as Google Earth®.
Do not download these files if they are beyond your computer’s or internet connection’s ability as they can cause your computer to temporarily stop working (require a restart).
Round 2 (2017)
Preferred route maps
Round 1 (2016)
An environmental assessment was submitted to Manitoba Conservation and Climate for review and approval was received. This project was classified as a Class 2 development under The Environment Act (Manitoba).
The EA report for the project included:
- a description of the project, through construction, operation, and maintenance;
- study area characterization through fieldwork and background investigation;
- outline the public and indigenous engagement processes, and the feedback received;
- identification and assessment of potential environmental and socio-economic effects; and
- development of mitigation measures to minimize potential effects on people and the environment.
Environmental Assessment Report – January 30, 2018
For more information about the Birtle Transmission Project, email Transmission & Distribution Environment and Engagement.