Hydro One is continuing to ask for the public’s input on their Waasigan Transmission Line project, which aims to improve electrical reliability and increase available power across the region. If everything goes to plan, the new 230kv transmission line would be developed by 2026 at the earliest.

The project, formerly referred to as the Northwest Bulk Transmission Line, would run between Thunder Bay, Atikokan and Dryden, bringing economic investment and job creation with it.

Hydro One is advancing work on the project’s Terms of Reference, which is the first step of the Environmental Assessment. The EA development work will ensure that electrical capacity is ready when its needed, and will confirm the project’s final route.

The project’s Terms of Reference is available for a public review and comment period, which ends on August 14. The Terms of Reference can be found here.

Following the review period, the Terms of Reference will be revised to incorporate and address comments and concerns, before being resubmitted to the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks.

Comments and concerns on the Terms of Reference draft can be sent to Sarah Cohanim, Environmental Planner for Hydro One, at 1-877-345-6799 or Community.Relations@HydroOne.com.

Hydro One says due to the growing demand of the forestry and mining sector in northwestern Ontario, more power availability is needed in the region. This initiative was also recommended by the Independent Electricity System Operator.

Waasigan is an Ojibwe word, meaning “bringing power”. It was selected to reflect local Indigenous community members, and in recognition of the traditional land. The project also states that Hydro One will focus on hiring local workers, but no job amount estimations have been made at this time.

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