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Hydro One is committed to powering northern Ontario. That’s why we have applied to the Ontario Energy Board to construct a new transmission line between Lakehead Transformer Station in the Municipality of Shuniah east of Thunder Bay, and Wawa Transformer Station near Wawa. We’re calling our proposed project the Lake Superior Link.
 

We want to hear from the public and local communities to ensure our proposal delivers tangible benefits to local communities.

We have now updated this document to include further comments and feedback from government agencies, Indigenous communities and other stakeholders. We will be accepting any further input on this document until Tuesday, August 21, 2018. Further consultation will continue throughout the life of the project. Please click here to view the covering letter.

Indigenous communities, government agencies, municipal officials, members of the public and other interested persons are encouraged to actively participate in the planning process. Comments can be sent to Community.Relations@HydroOne.com.



Hydro One has initiated an Environmental Assessment (EA) under the Environmental Assessment Act for the proposed project. The Independent Electricity System Operator’s (IESO) Updated Assessment of the Need for the East-West Tie Expansion, 2017 states that a new transmission line "…continues to be the recommended alternative to maintaining a reliable and cost-effective supply of electricity in Northwestern Ontario for the long term." The EA will consider two route alternatives for the new line. 

Project Area

The Lake Superior Link is a 400 km, double-circuit 230 kilovolt transmission line that would be built primarily on or adjacent to Hydro One’s existing East-West Tie transmission corridor.

View the Project Area Map (.PDF)

We know the transmission business better than anyone else in the province.

Hydro One has a proven track record of powering communities — we own and operate 98% of the transmission system across Ontario. We are uniquely positioned to provide an innovative and cost-effective solution to meet the electricity needs of northwestern Ontario while using our existing footprint to minimize environmental impacts.

Benefits of the Lake Superior Link Reference Route

When compared to our reference route alternative and the current proposal, the reference route is approximately 50km shorter overall.


This will eliminate the need to cut a new corridor through relatively undisturbed lands around Pukaskwa National Park.


Hydro One’s existing transmission line within Pukaskwa National Park would be upgraded without widening the corridor.


Our Lake Superior Link project will also benefit Ontario’s electricity customers.

  • Project cost savings in excess of $100 million.

  • Operating and maintenance cost savings of about $3 million annually.


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We’re part of your communities.

At Hydro One our employees are proud to serve the homes and businesses in your area, and believe in connecting with and supporting our communities. Our approach to engagement will ensure this project provides long-term, tangible benefits, working collaboratively with community officials and stakeholders to explore investment opportunities or partnerships.

We will also work with Indigenous communities along the route to explore benefits and opportunities including, but not limited to, capacity building to participate in the engagement process, procurement and sub-contracting opportunities, job training, employment and equity participation.

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Community Engagement

We want to hear from the public and local communities to ensure our proposal delivers tangible benefits to local communities. Please check back here for details on upcoming community information sessions.

We will be hosting a Community Information Centre drop in to discuss the routing of our proposed line in the community of Dorion, please view our flyer for details.

  • Please click here to see the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions from the March 19 introductory drop-in sessions.

 


We’d like to hear from you!

Please email us to provide feedback, ask questions, and/or join our contact list to receive project updates. Please check back on this project website for the most up-to-date information.
 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Hydro One doing?

What is the Lake Superior Link project?

The Lake Superior Link project is a 400 kilometre, double-circuit 230 kilovolt transmission line which would primarily be built on or adjacent to Hydro One’s existing East-West Tie transmission corridor between Lakehead Transformer Station (TS) in the Municipality of Shuniah, outside of Thunder Bay, and Wawa TS, just east of Wawa. Within Pukaskwa National Park, the existing line would be upgraded without widening the corridor.

Hasn’t this project already been awarded to another company?

Why is Hydro One doing this?

We have a vision for powering northern Ontario — ensuring homes, businesses and industries with an adequate and reliable supply of power. As the owners and operators of 98% of the province’s transmission system, we are uniquely positioned to provide an innovative and cost-effective solution to meet the needs of northwestern Ontario, while minimizing environmental impacts. The Lake Superior Link project will provide the capacity needed for regional growth and development to help northern Ontario shine.

How will this benefit customers and northern communities?

By maximizing existing infrastructure, Hydro One’s proposed transmission line is the most cost-effective solution for Ontario electricity customers and it also minimizes environmental impacts. Hydro One’s ability to modify its existing transmission infrastructure through Pukaskwa National Park means its proposed route is approximately 50 km shorter than the current proposal and eliminates the need to cut a new corridor through relatively undisturbed lands around the Park.

How much will the project cost and who is paying for it?

Hydro One’s plan will deliver project cost savings in excess of $100 million, and approximately $3 million in annual operating and maintenance cost savings. Any capital electricity infrastructure project would be put into the rate base once the project is completed and in-service.

How will Hydro One engage local communities?

We want to hear from the public and local communities to ensure our proposal delivers tangible benefits to Ontario consumers and local communities. We will be engaging with communities, elected officials, oversight agencies, affected property owners and other interested parties for their feedback on the proposal.

Hydro One will also explore and discuss various benefits for Indigenous communities, including, but not limited to: capacity building to participate in the engagement process, procurement and sub-contracting opportunities, job training, employment and equity participation.

How can I get involved?

Throughout 2018, Hydro One will be hosting a series of information drop-ins in communities along the proposed route to discuss the project with stakeholders, residents, interest groups and businesses along the proposed transmission line routes. You may also contact Hydro One’s Community Relations group by phone at 1-877-345-6799, or by email at Community.Relations@HydroOne.com.


 




Contact Us

 

For more information or to be added to the project contact list, please contact:

Hydro One Community Relations


Tel:  1-877-345-6799

Community.Relations@HydroOne.com