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Secondary Land Uses on Right-of-Ways (ROWs)

Hydro One owns and operates Ontario's 29,000-kilometre high-voltage transmission network that delivers electricity to local distribution companies and large industrial customers, and a 121,000-kilometre low-voltage distribution system that serves approximately 1.4 million end-use customers.

Hydro One's transmission corridors or ROWs are essential in delivering safe, reliable and affordable electricity throughout the province.  They allow Hydro One 24/7 access to the towers and lines for routine maintenance and in emergency situations. Many ROWs also have sufficient space to provide for expansion of Hydro One's facilities to accommodate future growth. The ownership of ROWs is diverse and includes government, Hydro One, private property owners, railway companies, and First Nations and Métis communities.

The Ontario government has put in place a Provincial Secondary Land Use Program (PSLUP) that allows for the use of ROWS, while taking into account the primary purpose of these lands is for electricity transmission and distribution.

Hydro One strives to work with proponents to review secondary land use proposals on the ROWs so that they are compatible with the safety and maintenance requirements of our high-voltage equipment.

Provincial Secondary Land Use Program (PSLUP)

To learn more about PSLUP and the process for submitting a proposal, please visit Infrastructure Ontario's website for details. Outlines below are some of the key steps in the process. 

1. If you are a proponent interested in submitting a proposal please contact Hydro One's Real Estate group at 1-888-231-6657 to discuss the general requirements. 

2. A Real Estate representative will confirm the ownership of the ROW location and advise if the proposal is a permitted use. 

3. The proponent will then be required to submit a written proposal to include contact information, a sketch/plan showing the proposed area, use, and Hydro One facilities, confirmation that municipal planning consultation has occurred, and a non-refundable review fee.

4. The proposal will undergo Hydro One's stakeholder review process to ensure technical compatibility.

5. If approved, the proponent agrees to the terms and conditions of use, including payment of all applicable fees and charges.

6. An agreement is prepared by Hydro One and signed by the proponent and Infrastructure Ontario.




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