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Ontario Commits to Ongoing Northern Industrial Electricity Rate Program Funding

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Ontario Commits to Ongoing Northern Industrial Electricity Rate Program Funding

Continued Provincial Electricity Support for Northern Industries

Ontario is making the level of support for the Northern Industrial Electricity Rate Program permanent for qualifying large northern industrial consumers.

Ontario is committing to an ongoing program, beyond March 2016, with continued investment of up to $120 million per year. The government will also undertake a review on the efficiency and effectiveness of the program and options for a sustainable approach.

The Northern Industrial Electricity Rate Program was introduced as a three-year program in 2010, and extended it in 2012. The program recognizes the unique needs of northern industries such as higher energy costs due to climate and distance to markets.

Helping Northern Ontario's largest industrial electricity consumers reduce their electricity costs, sustain jobs and maintain global competitiveness is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.

Quick Facts

  • Currently, there are 16 Northern Ontario industrial companies representing 23 facilities participating in the program. On average, industrial electricity prices may be reduced by up to 25 per cent through the program. To date, the Northern Industrial Electricity Rate Program has disbursed more than $546 million.
  • The Ontario government originally introduced a three-year Northern Industrial Electricity Rate Program in the 2010 provincial budget. A three-year extension of the program was announced in December 2012.

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“I am delighted to announce that our government is committing to an ongoing Northern Industrial Electricity Rate support program. As part of our work to help build up the north, this vital program will help Northern Ontario’s largest industrial electricity consumers reduce their electricity costs and sustain jobs to help continue to position Northern Ontario as a competitive place to do business.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development and Mines

“I am pleased that we will continue to support the NIER program. This is an important step forward and very good news for Northern Ontario. This ongoing support will help to facilitate growth and development in the forestry sector. The province recognizes the importance of affordable electricity pricing for the largest industrial electricity consumers.”

Bill Mauro

Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry

“The Northern Industrial Electricity Rate program will enable Ontario’s large northern industries to reduce energy costs and increase their competiveness. This ongoing annual investment of $120 million will strengthen the northern economy while sustaining jobs and maintaining Ontario’s global overall competitiveness.”

Charles Sousa

Minister of Finance Minister

“The NIER program is a cornerstone of the electricity program in Northern Ontario. This program, combined with other conservation-based initiatives that have been successfully developed with the Ontario Government, have allowed us to take a strategic view of our operations in Northern Ontario. We are now completing a $200 million investment plan for our operations in Northern Ontario and our ability to make these investments was due in part to the stability and certainty that we have been able to achieve on electricity costs. Today's announcement is extremely positive and supports a long-term view of our Ontario operations. We want to thank Minister Gravelle for his leadership on this file, and Ministers Gravelle and Mauro for their diligence and persistence on energy matters.”

Richard Garneau

President and CEO, Resolute Forest Products

“Goldcorp congratulates the Government of Ontario for extending and making permanent the Northern Industrial Electricity Rebate program. The Government is taking an important step that underscores a commitment to remaining competitive in the global mining industry. The NIER program addresses a major challenge of operating our mines in Northern Ontario, reduces our costs of electricity by roughly 20 per cent, helps sustain 5,000 jobs in the region and encourages investments like Goldcorp’s recently acquired Borden Gold Project near Chapleau Ontario.”

Chris Woodall

Senior Vice President, Goldcorp Canada

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