Pan-Canadian Perspectives: The Cost of Electricity in Ontario

Editor’s Note: This week, the PPGR is publishing commentary articles from public policy and public administration students at universities across Canada. This Pan-Canadian Perspectives series is meant to highlight voices from coast to coast, addressing diverse issues of local and national importance. Our fifth article in this series is from Sarah Edmunds at Ryerson University,…

Three Major Problems with Hydro Solved by Shifting Costs from Bills to Taxes

Marvin JS Ferrer Electricity bills were expected to play a big role in the upcoming Ontario provincial election in 2018. However, the Ontario government implemented a plan to temporarily absorb some costs and lower bills by 25%. The opposition Progressive Conservatives also propose going further to lower bills a further 12.5 percentage points. Generating, transmitting,…

Who Owns the Power: Governance Issues for Electricity Distribution Utilities

Katelyn Margerm “To own or not to own?” The question was the topic of conversation at last week’s conference on the governance of municipally-owned electricity distribution utilities hosted by the Council for Clean and Reliable Electricity in Markham. The question was timely, as days earlier Toronto mayoral hopeful Karen Stintz revealed her pitch to sell…