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OWA welcomes introduction of legislation recognizing importance of waterpower in Ontario
MPP Michael Mantha to table “An Act to proclaim Waterpower Day”
(March 23rd, 2021 – Toronto, Ontario) The Ontario Waterpower Association (OWA) is thrilled with tomorrow’s planned introduction of a Private Member’s Bill sponsored by MPP Michael Mantha to proclaim June 20th (Sir Adam Beck’s birthday) as “Waterpower Day” in Ontario. Waterpower Day is already recognized by dozens of municipal “Community Champions” across Ontario and the Bill, if passed, would add the province’s voice to the celebration.
“Proclaiming June 20th as Waterpower Day raises awareness of the value of the over 200 waterpower facilities in Ontario and of the workers producing 25 per cent of the province’s electricity.” said MPP Michael Mantha. “This renewable, reliable and affordable energy technology is embedded in villages, towns, Indigenous communities and cities all across Ontario.”
“I want to thank MPP Mantha for his leadership on this important initiative,” said Paul Norris, President of OWA. “I encourage all Members of Provincial Parliament to support the Bill and join the celebration of an industry that has played a foundational role in the economic prosperity of this province.”
Sir Adam Beck was the first chairman of the Hydro-Electric Power Commission. He was knighted by King George V in 1914 for his promotion of electricity and development of transmission lines. The Queenston Chippawa power station (now Sir Adam Beck Hydroelectric Power Stations), located in Niagara Falls, which he helped to create, was renamed after him in 1950.
In Ontario, one quarter of all electricity comes from waterpower facilities, with a total installed capacity of over 9,000 megawatts. Ontario and its residents have benefitted from more than a century of affordable, reliable and sustainable waterpower. Learn more about Waterpower Day and becoming a Waterpower Champion.