Hydroelectric Contract Initiative

The Hydroelectric Contract Initiative (HCI) was discontinued pursuant to a February 14, 2020 Order in Council and Minister’s Directive. As a result, the IESO is no longer accepting new applications and this webpage remains for informational purposes, only.

As part of the province's commitment to increase Ontario's supply of clean, renewable generation, the IESO developed a program to negotiate new contracts for qualified existing hydroelectric generation facilities in Ontario.

The HCI was developed and implemented pursuant to the May 7, 2009 ministerial direction to allow existing hydroelectric facilities without electricity contracts to obtain 20-year contracts, as well as those facilities which may have already operated for a number of years and wanting to continue their operations.

The direction was amended on January 21, 2013 to cease acceptance of applications for refurbishment, upgrades or expansions of existing facilities currently holding HCI contracts.

See HCI past activities (pdf) and archived documents (zip).