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New framework to support clean energy and sustainable canal operations


March 21, 2014 – The Ontario Waterpower Association (OWA) and Parks Canada are collaborating to manage and develop the hydroelectric potential of national historic canal systems in Ontario. The framework is expected to foster new infrastructure investment, say the partners, encourage clean hydroelectric energy and support the long-term sustainability of the Trent-Severn Waterway and Rideau Canal.

“Our government is committed to the financial sustainability of Canada’s historic canals and the communities along them. This framework shows how governments and private industry can work together to streamline processes and support the national historic canals’ infrastructure for the benefit of all Canadians,” said Rick Norlock, MP Northumberland-Quinte West.

The two organizations released a report on waterpower management in national historic canal systems in Ontario. OWA and Parks say the report and its recommendations are a collaborative effort that addresses the “shared desire of the waterpower industry and federal government for clear, consistent policy and procedures that encourage investment in waterpower infrastructure” and help Parks Canada realize the revenue potential of hydro generation.

All revenues generated by Parks Canada canal operations are reinvested back into the canals. The financial sustainability of canals and communities requires a combined effort with Parks Canada, provincial and local governments and the many business interests along the canal, say the partners.

The full report, “Towards a New Business Relationship: Waterpower on Parks Canada Agency Waterways”, is available on OWA’s website.