Community Engagement and Local Advisory Committees

Outreach with local municipalities and Indigenous peoples is the start of engagement for every regional plan. In many areas of the province, Local Advisory Committees have been established to help provide advice and recommendations on regional electricity planning. 

An ongoing dialogue serves to build understanding of how regional planning happens and provides opportunities for local input, laying the foundation for successful implementation.

Local Advisory Committees

Local Advisory Committees (LACs) are often an essential part of the regional planning process.

After the initial community outreach to municipalities and First Nation and Métis communities, a LAC will be formed if broader engagement is needed, and will have representatives from all interested stakeholder groups, such as municipalities and business and citizen groups.

LACs play a variety of important roles, including:

  • representing communities and other interests within the study area, and provide insight into their values and perspectives
  • providing input to the Working Group on the needs and options identified in the plan, including information on local priorities and ideas on the design of community engagement strategies
  • providing an avenue to have a broader energy dialogue
  • being the bridge between planning cycles.

Active Local Advisory Committees

LAC meetings are open to the public and public participation in encouraged.  For a list of upcoming LAC meetings, please see the Calendar of Events.

If you have any questions regarding Local Advisory Committees, please email ontarioregionalplanning@ieso.ca.

Engaging Local Communities in Ontario's Electricity Planning Continuum

This report is the result of the 2013 engagement of a broad spectrum of stakeholders on how best to improve the regional planning and siting process

LAC Structure

A LAC has up to 18 members, representing municipalities, Indigenous communities, consumers and citizens, the business community, and environmental and conservation groups.

In areas where there are a large number of First Nations communities, a First Nations Local Advisory Committee will be established and will appoint two representatives to be members of the LAC.

Members serve on the LAC for terms of up to three years and may serve two consecutive terms. It is expected that they would have a current and direct connection to the region they wish to represent. LACs meet approximately two times per year.

The LAC terms of reference  give a comprehensive overview of how the committee works, including roles and responsibilities and the nomination and selection process of members. The terms of reference are based on feedback from stakeholders and communities.

Community Engagement Principles

The IESO's approach to community engagement is based on these key principles:

  • Strengthening processes for early and sustained engagements with local governments and the public
  • Providing local governments and communities with greater voice and responsibility
  • Bringing communities to the table
  • Linking local and provincial planning
  • Reinforcing the link between planning and procurement
  • Enhancing electricity awareness and improved access to information