Government Announces Leaner Structure

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Waterpower Industry Congratulates Ministers and Parliamentary Assistants


(July 3, 2018 – Peterborough) As announced by Premier Doug Ford on Friday, the government has introduced a new, leaner structure to government, as represented by a reduction from twenty eight (28) Cabinet posts to twenty one (21). Of particular relevance to the waterpower industry is the realignments of the new Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Indigenous Affairs as well as the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks.

“I want to congratulate all the new members of Cabinet as well as all Parliamentary Assistants who have been appointed”, said Paul Norris, President of the Ontario Waterpower Association. “I look forward to working with the new government to advance our shared objective of reliable, affordable electricity”.

In addition to the appointment of Cabinet Ministers and Parliamentary Assistants, some restructuring of the Senior Civil Service was also announced.  Of note in particular is the establishment of the position Deputy Minister, Red Tape and Regulatory Burden Reduction, Cabinet Office, to lead one of the Premier’s top priorities: to help make Ontario more competitive and open for business.

“The OWA has taken a lead in advocating the responsible rationalization of the regulatory process for the sector”, added Norris.  “I am confident that there are opportunities to reduce overlap, duplication and costs for Made in Ontario waterpower”.

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The OWA was founded in 2001 to represent the common and collective interests of the province’s original green energy sector – waterpower. More than 160 members are committed to advancing responsible resource management and sustainable development.

For more information, please contact,

Stephanie Landers

Ontario Waterpower Association

Communications and Public Outreach Advisor

866-743-1500 ex. 25