International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

November 23, 2010 16:29 ET

Ontario Long-Term Energy Plan Good for Economy and Job Creation

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers sees double benefit of reliable energy supply along with the creation of long-term jobs

Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, Energy Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO, PRESS RELEASE--(Marketwire - Nov. 23, 2010) - The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers announced its support for the Ontario government's Long-Term Energy Plan that was unveiled by Energy Minister Brad Duguid. "After many years of neglect, we finally have a realistic plan to increase Ontario's supply of clean electricity while creating thousands of new jobs in the energy sector," said Jack Dowding, Executive Chairman, Power Council of the IBEW Construction Council of Ontario. "Electricians and Powerline Technicians have long known that our transmission and distribution systems were in need of major upgrades. This plan recognizes the facts and lays out a time table and the funding required to make the necessary improvements."

Ontario's construction industry has been a major benefactor since the introduction of the Green Energy Act. Hundreds of much needed jobs have been created for electricians, powerline technicians and other trades as a result of investments in solar and wind energy projects. Examples of these investments are solar farms in Arnprior, St. Isadore and Sarnia along with numerous wind projects in southwestern, northeastern and central Ontario.

"At a time when many traditional manufacturing and related jobs were disappearing, these green energy jobs emerged to help put our skilled trades people and apprentices to work," stated Dowding. "Future investments of the magnitude laid out by Minister Duguid means there will be additional work opportunities that will allow our industry to
attract Ontario youth to the skilled trades through apprenticeship programs in the electrical and lineworker trades. We will see the double benefit of a reliable energy supply along with the creation of long-term jobs. This should be seen as very good news for all Ontarians."

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The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers is the provincial umbrella body that represents over 15,000 electrical workers in Ontario. /For further information: Jack Dowding
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Contact Information

  • Jack Dowding, Executive Chairman, Power Council, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Construction Council of Ontario
    Primary Phone: 416-674-6940 ext. 231
    Secondary Phone: 416-999-6055
    E-mail: jack_dowding@ibewcco.org