SUDBURY, ON, Aug. 18 /CNW/ - The Federation of Northern Ontario
Municipalities (FONOM) applauds the Ontario Government's electricity
policy reforms as an urgently needed boost for struggling communities
across Northern Ontario.
"Communities across the north have been advocating for a more efficient
and affordable electricity option for industry for a very long time,"
said Alan Spacek, Mayor of Kapuskasing and FONOM President. "It's
essential in order for us to be competitive in this economy. This will
support major employers in the north -- mining, forestry and
manufacturing - to make investments in our communities and create jobs."
The reforms provide incentives for large industries to reduce demand for
electricity during critical peak times. It rewards energy efficiency and
conservation efforts, benefiting the environment while creating a more
stable electricity system.
"This is welcome news to the hardworking people in northern towns who
have seen many jobs disappear," Spacek said. "This gives us hope that
our industries can remain competitive and provide job stability."
Employment in Northern Ontario has fallen by more than twice the rate of
the province as a whole. For many northern industries, energy costs have
steadily become less competitive with rates in neighbouring Manitoba and
Quebec. Spacek estimates the potential benefit of electricity reforms in
some communities could be worth millions of dollars to local industries.
These savings will make businesses more competitive, maintaining and
creating jobs in the north.
FONOM is comprised of 110 municipalities, towns and cities in
Northeastern Ontario. It advocates for strategies, policies and programs
that support the unique needs and challenges of Northern Ontario. The
Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities' mission is to improve the
quality of life of all northerners and to ensure the future of its youth.
SOURCE FEDERATION OF NORTHERN ONTARIO MUNICIPALITIES
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