MPP Michael Mantha introduces bill to recognize contributions of waterpower to Ontario.

By Rosalind Russell – Yesterday Algoma-Manitoulin MPP, Michael Mantha, introduced the Waterpower Day Act, 2024.

He says waterpower contributes one quarter of Ontario’s electricity, and it has been a cornerstone of Ontario’s grid for more than a century. “

Mantha adds In Northern Ontario, waterpower is an important economic driver providing affordable, reliable, and renewable energy for communities.

With more than two-hundred facilities right across the province, Made in Ontario waterpower is embedded in the very fabric of dozens of communities, adds Paul Norris, President of the Ontario Waterpower Association.  “As we expand generation and transmission to meet emergent and enduring electricity demand, building new waterpower means investing right here at home.

 The bill, if passed, will proclaim June 20th each year as “Waterpower Day” to recognize the contribution that hydroelectric power has played in Ontario’s history, and it’s continued importance to Ontario’s energy future.

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