Government Consultation with Automotive Sector Underway


Ontario businesses are currently paying the highest electricity rates in all of Canada.  In an attempt to find solutions to remedy the adverse effect that high electricity rates are having on the competitiveness of businesses operating in Ontario, the government is holding public consultations with businesses in Ontario until May 31, 2019. The aim of the consultations are to explore potential ideas on redesigning Ontario's electricity pricing system for businesses. 

This afternoon (Thursday, April 18, 2019) the government is holding an in-person public consultation in Oakville to see what businesses operating in the automotive sector, a sector among manny others marked as a "key sector" to Ontario's economic output, have to say about Ontario's pricing structure and programs.  The Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade explained the energy problem facing the auto sector as follows: 
"Uncompetitive electricity costs are one of the main factors hurting Ontario's auto parts and vehicle assembly operations [...]. These consultations on industrial electricity pricing are another step our government is taking to reduce business costs and make our job creators more competitive". 
Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines had the following to say:
"We're fixing the hydro mess we inherited from the previous government.  That includes finding electricity pricing solutions that work for industry, to enable them to expand their operations, create jobs and remain competitive".
Electronic submissions are currently being accepted by the government until May 31, 2019.

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