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Ontario Celebrates Opening of Smart Grid Innovation Centre

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Ontario Celebrates Opening of Smart Grid Innovation Centre

McGuinty Government Building a Smarter Energy System, Creating Jobs

Ontario, in partnership with GE Canada, is building a smarter, more reliable electrical grid and creating 146 new, high-skilled jobs.

With support from the province, GE is opening its 200,000-square-foot Grid IQ Innovation Centre in Markham. Researchers at the new facility will use cutting-edge technology -- including a 60-foot-wide video screen that demonstrates smart grid solutions -- to research, develop, and build a smarter energy system.

Smart grid technologies will let Ontario families control their power usage from their homes, offices, or any place with an internet connection -- making our electricity system more reliable and efficient.

Attracting investment and building business is a key part of the McGuinty government's plan to create jobs and strengthen the economy. A strong economy protects the services that matter most to Ontario families: health care and education. 

Quick Facts

  • In September 2009, GE Canada and the Ontario government signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support long-term investments from GE in the province.
  • The government has cut taxes on business investment in half, making the province more competitive and encouraging new businesses to invest in Ontario.
  • Employment in Ontario has increased by 324,900 net jobs from the recessionary low in June 2009.

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“The opening of GE’s Grid IQ Innovation Centre represents a global win for our energy system and our economy. With a skilled workforce, leading researchers, and some of the lowest corporate taxes in the world, it’s no surprise that GE chose Ontario as its global, smart grid base.”

Brad Duguid

Minister of Economic Development and Innovation

“Today, we’ve reached another milestone in making Ontario a smart grid leader, as we celebrate innovation, entrepreneurial spirit and invention. Companies like GE are taking bold steps to make the smart grid a reality and enhance reliability of our energy system.”

Chris Bentley

Minister of Energy

“Our community is pleased to welcome GE’s global innovation centre. Partnering with leading businesses like GE brings good jobs to Markham and cutting-edge energy innovations to the province.”

Dr. Helena Jaczek

MPP, Oak Ridges-Markham

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