The need for this project has been identified by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) through their long term electricity planning. Hydro One believes that bringing power to northwestern Ontario is important for supporting future economic growth in the region. The Waasigan Transmission Line will undergo an Environmental Assessment (EA) under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act.
The Environmental Assessment Process
This EA will be carried out in accordance with the requirements of the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act. The first step is the preparation of a Terms of Reference (ToR) which will set out the framework and work plan for addressing these requirements when preparing the EA, including an outline of the studies and consultation activities that will be carried out. Important aspects of the EA process will be to identify and evaluate alternative routes, assess potential effects of the new transmission line and determine measures to reduce or mitigate these effects.
The anticipated completion date for the ToR mid- 2020, at which point it will be submitted to the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks for review and decision. If approved by the Minister, the EA will then proceed as outlined in the approved ToR.
We want to hear from the public to ensure our project delivers tangible benefits to local communities. We hosted a series of Public Information Centre (PIC) drop-ins along the proposed route from May 13-15, 2019 for interested parties to meet members of our project team, learn more about the Waasigan Transmission Line and provide feedback. See materials from the PICs below: