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Upgrading Transmission System Creates Over 100 Jobs

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Upgrading Transmission System Creates Over 100 Jobs

McGuinty Government Supports Skilled Workforce And Clean Energy Economy

Ministry of Energy

Upgrades to Ontario's electricity transmission system are creating 115 new skilled construction jobs and helping to unlock new opportunities for clean energy projects.

Ontario is renewing and rebuilding more than 80 per cent of the province's aging electricity infrastructure. This is improving system reliability, making it easier to connect more clean energy projects and creating good jobs.

As part of this system overhaul, Hydro One is upgrading five major transformer stations:

  • Hearn Switching Station (Toronto)
  • Leaside Transformer Station (Toronto)
  • Manby Transformer Station (Toronto)
  • Hawthorne Transformer Station (Ottawa-area)
  • Allanburg Transformer Station (Niagara)

Along with creating new construction jobs, each project will involve apprentice electricians. Hydro One employs more than 600 apprentices, including electricians, millwrights, mechanics and powerline technicians.

These upgrades will enable up to 600 megawatts of new transmission capacity, which will help bring more clean energy projects online - enough electricity to power 180,000 homes.

Building a clean energy system that supports healthier families, a healthier environment and a healthier economy is part of the McGuinty government's plan to create and support jobs for Ontario families while ensuring we have the electricity we need to power our homes, schools, hospitals and our economy.

Quick Facts

  • In Ontario, there are 120,000 apprentices learning a trade today - which is nearly 60,000 more than in 2002-03.
  • Since Hydro One launched its apprenticeship program, 620 apprentices have received their certification and more than 600 young Ontarians are working toward that goal.
  • There are 13 colleges and three universities in Ontario offering programs related to clean, sustainable energy technologies.
  • Hydro One has invested more than $8 billion into its transmission and distribution systems since 2003 and is investing $190 million to upgrade these five stations.
  • Since 2003, Ontario has invested more than $13 billion in the province's power generation system.

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Quotes

“We are moving forward with our plan to build a modern, clean, reliable electricity system that Ontarians can count on. We are committed to creating good jobs for our families today, and training Ontarians for the high-skilled jobs of tomorrow.”

Chris Bentley

Minister of Energy

“By investing in Ontario's electricity grid, Hydro One will help improve electricity reliability province-wide, help Ontarians connect more sources of renewable generation and provide opportunities for our young, skilled workforce to play an important role in building Ontario's electricity future.”

Laura Formusa

President and CEO of Hydro One

“On the job training is essential for an apprentice. Getting hands-on experience will help develop my skills as an electrician and contribute to rebuilding the province's transmission system for future generations.”

Melissa Baron

Construction electrician apprentice

Media Contacts

  • For media inquiries call:

    Jennifer Kett, Minister's Office

    jennifer.kett@ontario.ca

    416-327-6747

  • For media inquiries call:

    Paul Gerard, Communications Branch

    paul.gerard@ontario.ca

    416-327-7226

  • For public inquiries call:

    1-888-668-4636

    TTY: 1-800-239-4224

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