Government News Release: New Clean Energy Projects Creating 5,000 Jobs

Mon, 07/04/2011

McGuinty Government Builds Clean Energy Economy As Ontario Continues To Turn The Corner


NEWS July 4, 2011

Ontario’s clean energy economy continues to grow, creating 5,000 new jobs.

Through Ontario’s clean energy Feed-in Tariff program, 25 new large-scale renewable energy projects – solar and wind – will provide enough electricity to power more than 280,000 homes or a community the size of Windsor each year.  These projects will also help attract approximately $3 billion in new private-sector investment to the province. 

These projects will be brought online through the Bruce to Milton reinforcement project, Ontario‘s largest transmission project in 20 years.  The projects will be located in Southwestern Ontario along the Bruce to Milton transmission line, including Tiverton, Woodstock, Strathroy, Seaforth, Paisley and Zurich. So far, more than2,000 mid-size and large-scale Feed-in Tariff projects have been announced, representing enough electricity each year to power about 900,000 homes.

Ontario is replacing dirty, coal-fired plants with clean, renewable energy like water, wind, solar and bio-energy. This is part of the McGuinty government's plan to keep costs down for families today, while building a clean, modern and reliable electricity system for tomorrow.

Ontario's Green Energy Act is on track to create 50,000 clean energy jobs by the end of 2012. As a result of our actions, over 13,000 jobs have already been created.


“These projects will create more good jobs for Ontario families and provide new, clean power for local communities to grow and prosper. Our efforts are transforming our electricity system, attracting investment, creating thousands of jobs and building a better future for our children and grandchildren.”

– Brad Duguid, Minister of Energy

“Today Minister Duguid has seen first-hand the impact that the Long-Term Energy Plan will have on Huron-Bruce. With 6,300 megawatts at Bruce Power, more than 200 solar projects and more than 180 turbines already on line, we are producing about one quarter of the province's power. This announcement of clean energy projects will continue to strengthen our rural communities by creating jobs and cleaning up the air that our families breathe.”

– Carol Mitchell, MPP for Huron-Bruce

“We are pleased to provide the opportunity for more Ontarians to develop projects to supply more clean power to our grid. The remarkable popularity of the Feed-In Tariff Program shows that Ontarians are eager to make a positive contribution to our electricity system.”

– Colin Andersen, CEO, Ontario Power Authority

“The Bruce to Milton Transmission Reinforcement Project is an important investment in Ontario’s electricity delivery system and supports Ontario’s move to clean and renewable sources of energy.”

– Laura Formusa, President and CEO, Hydro One


  • The FIT contract offers consist of 14 wind projects in the Bruce area totalling 750 megawatts (MW). In the area west of London there are five wind projects totalling 268.4 MW and six solar projects totalling 27.5 MW.
  • Thousands of Ontarians are participating in the microFIT program, with over 10,000 projects already connected or ready to connect.
  •  At peak construction, 450 people will be working on the Bruce to Milton transmission project.

Since 2009, more than 30 businesses have announced they are setting up or expanding plants in Ontario to manufacture parts for the solar and wind industries.


Read about Ontario’s Long Term Energy Plan: Building Our Clean Energy Future

Get details about the Feed-In Tariff Program

Learn more about renewable energy in Ontario

Find out about the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit

For media inquiries call:

Andrew Block, Minister’s Office, 416-327-6747

Sylvia Kovesfalvi, Communications Branch, 416-327-4334

For public inquiries call:
1-888-668-4636  TTY: 1-800-239-4224

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