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We firmly believe that positive and proactive relationships with Indigenous peoples will benefit all communities. We are committed to creating a company-wide framework for guiding Indigenous partnerships, procurement and employment opportunities that
is based on an engagement culture of mutual respect and understanding.
Hydro One operates on the traditional territories of many Indigenous communities across the province. As such, we have
a responsibility to help grow the Indigenous economy while building meaningful relationships based on mutual respect.
In 2019, Hydro One completed a major transmission project, the Niagara Reinforcement Line, which is now owned in partnership
with two First Nations, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation,
through the Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation. Construction of this 76-kilometre transmission line was completed by A6N,
an Indigenous-owned contractor, and placed in-service in August 2019. This partnership model enables the delivery of critical infrastructure
that delivers economic value to the people of Ontario, while ensuring key benefits flow to local First Nation communities such as overall capacity building,
along with direct and indirect job opportunities.
Our shared success depends on our ability to build trust as a reliable partner and good neighbour for our customers,
communities and the people of Ontario. We strive to build strong relationships with communities to support our work
program through best-in-class engagement practices.
Our proactive engagement includes two-way dialogue, with a goal to fully consult and advise our stakeholders throughout a project lifecycle to
ensure projects move smoothly and to achieve our vision as a good neighbour and partner of choice. We are committed to sharing the benefits
of our socio-economic development initiatives, building consensus and investing in our communities.
Our community investment program, Building Safe Communities, supports communities where we live and work through our commitment to live, work and play safe.
In 2019, our signature partners included The Act Foundation, Parachute’s Safe Kids Week, Scouts Canada and the Little Native Hockey League.
Hydro One maximizes the value we bring to Ontario communities through our economic contributions. Our contributions include taxes paid, employee wages and benefits,
procurement spending and community investment. We recognize that a strong, diverse supplier community is essential to the province’s economic vitality.
In September 2019, we hosted the Hydro One Indigenous
business fair – a showcase for over 40 Indigenous businesses
from across the province. The fair offered these businesses
an opportunity to network with Hydro One representatives
while highlighting their products and services. It was also
an opportunity for these businesses to learn more about our
procurement needs and Hydro One’s commitment to increasing
procurement from Indigenous businesses.
The fair, which was held in Toronto and complemented the nine
procurement workshops we ran across the province, will become
an annual event as we continue to pursue mutually beneficial
relationships with Indigenous businesses.
Ronald Wells, owner of Indigenous business Cancom Security
and provider of security services at various Hydro One sites,
noted, “Cancom Security has grown from 200 guard staff to over
1,200 since we began working with Hydro One. This relationship
has given us credibility and opened several doors to grow and
build throughout Ontario. It is a mutually beneficial and strong
relationship between Cancom Security and Hydro One, and is
reflective of Hydro One’s commitment to First Nations businesses.