Regional Electricity Planning – East Lake Superior

Regional electricity planning in the East Lake Superior region is underway. This engagement initiative will provide interested parties with an opportunity to offer input for consideration into the elements of a long-term regional electricity plan – Integrated Regional Resource Plan (IRRP) – anticipated to be complete early 2021.

Regional electricity plans take a 20-year outlook on every region in the province. The planning process provides an opportunity for communities to inform the IESO about anticipated needs and priorities and to provide feedback on the development of the options for meeting this region’s future electricity needs.

All interested parties are invited to participate in this engagement initiative and may include but are not limited to:

  • Municipalities – Bruce Mines, Chapleau, Hilton, Huron Shores, Jocelyn, Johnson, Laird, Macdonald, Meredith & Aberdeen Additional, Plummer Additional, Prince, Sault Ste. Marie, St. Joseph, Tarbutt & Tarbutt Additional, Dubreuilville, Wawa
  • Indigenous communities - Chapleau Cree First Nation, Chapleau Ojibwe, Garden River, Michipicoten, Brunswick House, Batchewana
  • Local distribution companies (LDCs) who serve the community including Algoma Power Inc., Chapleau PUC, Hydro One Distribution and Sault Ste. Marie PUC
  • Transmitters including Hydro One Networks and Hydro One Networks Sault Ste. Marie LP
  • Consumers, service providers and associations for the area

Additional details on the IESO’s plans to engage with communities and interested parties throughout this process can be found in the engagement plan.

East Lake Superior Technical Working Group - A Technical Working Group consisting of the four LDCs in the region, the two local transmitters and the IESO will use this regional planning engagement initiative to consider input to develop the IRRP for the region.

All comments and enquiries in this engagement initiative can be directed to

Schedule of Activities



Expected Actions

Q1 2021

Finalize East Lake Superior IRRP

  • Post final report
  • Close engagement
  • Conduct survey on engagement process

Q1 2021

Public webinar #3


  • Overview of IRRP and recommendations, including details on evaluation of alternatives
  • Discuss considerations for communities and interested parties to consider in their medium- to long-term planning 

Presentation and recorded webinar posted 

  • Seek input on further discussions needed to initiate near-term projects
  • Post feedback and IESO response to feedback, including rationale


December 8, 2020


Deadline for written comment on public webinar #2

Feedback form

Feedback received posted


November 17, 2020


Public webinar #2


  • Overview of options screening
  • Overview of range of potential solutions to be examined
  • Outline next steps

Recorded presentation

Password: Xe4pp2th  

Presentation and recorded webinar posted

  • Seek input on options screening and range of potential solutions to be examined
  • Post feedback and IESO response to feedback, including rationale

July 21, 2020

IESO response to feedback


June 25, 2020

Feedback on public webinar #1 due

Feedback posted

June 4, 2020

Public webinar #1   


  • Provide update on planning activities underway
  • Summary of preliminary regional demand forecast and needs and draft engagement plan

Registration URL

Password: EastLakeSuperior2020

Seek input on draft engagement plan, electricity demand forecast and preliminary needs identified

May 14, 2020

Communicate ELS IRRP engagement initiative 


October 3, 2019


Final East Lake Superior Scoping Assessment Outcome Report


Final version posted following a two-week comment period


October 3, 2019

IESO response to Public Comments on East Lake Superior Scoping Assessment Outcome Report

IESO responses to public comments posted

September 10, 2019

Deadline for public comment on draft East Lake Superior Scoping Assessment Outcome Report

Comments posted

August 27, 2019

Public webinar


  • Overview of the regional electricity planning process in Ontario
  • Update on planning activities underway in the region
  • Overview of Scoping Assessment
  • Next steps

Recorded presentation

Seek input on draft Scoping Assessment Outcome Report


August 27, 2019

Draft East Lake Superior Scoping Assessment Outcome Report

Draft posted for public comment

August 15, 2019

Launch East Lake Superior Scoping Assessment engagement