Upgrading transmission system creating over 100 jobs in Ontario
By Anthony Capkun
December 13, 2011 – Upgrades to Ontario’s electricity transmission system are creating 115 new skilled construction jobs, says the province’s Liberals, and helping to “unlock new opportunities for clean energy projects”. The province says it is renewing and rebuilding more than 80% of its aging electricity infrastructure.
“By investing in Ontario’s electricity grid, Hydro One will help improve electricity reliability province-wide, help Ontarians connect more sources of renewable generation and provide opportunities for our young, skilled workforce to play an important role in building Ontario’s electricity future,” said Laura Formusa, president and CEO of Hydro One.
As part of this system overhaul, Hydro One is upgrading five major transformer stations, enabling up to 600 megawatts of new transmission capacity:
• Hearn Switching Station (Toronto)
• Leaside Transformer Station (Toronto)
• Manby Transformer Station (Toronto)
• Hawthorne Transformer Station (Ottawa-area)
• Allanburg Transformer Station (Niagara)
Besides creating new construction jobs, each project will involve apprentice electricians. Hydro One employs more than 600 apprentices, including electricians, millwrights, mechanics and powerline technicians.
“On-the-job training is essential for an apprentice. Getting hands-on experience will help develop my skills as an electrician and contribute to rebuilding the province’s transmission system for future generations,” said Melissa Baron, construction electrician apprentice.