Ontario Newsroom

Ontario Supports Emerging Smart Grid Innovations

Archived News Release

Ontario Supports Emerging Smart Grid Innovations

Province Continues to Invest Efficient, Reliable Electricity Grid

Ontario is building on its momentum to create the most connected, efficient and reliable energy grid in the world.

With support from the province, Ryerson University's Centre for Urban Energy will build an innovative smart grid laboratory. The new laboratory will serve has a hub for researchers and will provide a collaborative facility for testing and demonstrating smart grid ideas and products for Ontario institutions.

Supported by investments such as Ontario's 4.7 million smart meters, the smart grid connects the electricity system with new technologies and sources of information to help increase operating efficiencies and enhance grid security. Smart grid technologies will also provide consumers with conservation tools that will allow for more efficient electricity use and help manage costs.

Building a smarter grid is an important part of the Ontario government's plan to modernize the electricity system in the province and provide clean, reliable and affordable power to consumers.

Quick Facts

  • A smarter grid is better able to detect, prevent and restore outages, gives families and businesses more tools to manage their power use, and further reduces greenhouse gas emissions by making it easier to connect renewable energy to the grid.
  • Ontario is now accepting project applications for the next round of the Smart Grid Fund program, seeking innovative projects to support the development of its modern, intelligent electricity system.
  • The Smart Grid Fund supports Ontario-based projects that test, develop and bring to market the next generation of smart grid solutions. This round of funding will support advanced energy technology projects, such as energy storage and electric vehicle integration.

Additional Resources


“Building a smarter grid has long been a key part of our government’s plan to modernize our energy infrastructure and provide clean, reliable affordable power to consumers. By supporting Ryerson’s Centre for Urban Energy we are building a whole new landscape for innovations that will be the backbone for our energy system for future generations.”

Bob Chiarelli

Minister of Energy

“The government’s investment is another example of how Ryerson’s Centre for Urban Energy is developing innovative energy solutions for our cities and our province in partnership with the public and private sectors. Not only will the lab play an important role in creating future smart grid technologies, it will also give our students wonderful experiential learning opportunities that will educate the next generation of engineers.”

Sheldon Levy

President, Ryerson University

Media Contacts



Business and Economy Education and Training Environment and Energy Government