Community engagement is an important aspect of the regional planning process. Providing opportunities for input in the regional planning process enables the views and preferences of the community to be considered in the development of the plan, and helps lay the foundation for successful implementation.
An integral part of the regional planning process is the development of a Local Advisory Committee (LAC). The purpose of the LAC is to be informed of regional planning activities in the region and to provide input and recommendations throughout this planning process, including information on local priorities and ideas on the design of community engagement strategies. LACs can also provide an avenue to have a broader energy dialogue.
Nominations are now being accepted for the development of a Local Advisory Committee (LAC) in the following planning regions. Please click on the link for more information:
- Greenstone Marathon – Nominations due
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
Role of Local Advisory Committees
LACs are generally established at the start of the Integrated Regional Resource Plan (IRRP) process and will remain in place throughout the 18-month planning timeframe and beyond if required. LACs can also act as a bridge between the five year regional planning cycles.
The LAC terms of reference provide a comprehensive overview of the Committee, including further information about the roles and responsibilities of the LAC members, and the nomination and member selection process. The terms of reference were developed based on feedback from stakeholders and communities and are provided as a guideline that can be customized to suit the needs of the individual region.
There are 21 planning regions in the province. Individual web pages have been established for all 21 regions and they can be accessed through the regional planning link at the top of the page.
If you have any questions regarding the Local Advisory Committees, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
LACs At a Glance
- Comprised of up to 18 members, representing municipalities, First Nation and Metis communities, consumers and citizens, the business community, and environmental and conservation groups
- Purpose is to be informed of regional planning activities in the region and to provide input and recommendations throughout the planning process, including information on local priorities and ideas on the design of community engagement strategies
- Will meet approximately two times per year
- Members can be appointed for up to three year terms and may serve two consecutive terms
- Members should have a current and direct connection to the constituency they wish to represent
- In some areas, a First Nation LAC will de established to ensure that communities in the area have an opportunity to be represented. The First Nation LAC will appoint two representatives to the Regional LAC.
LAC Terms of Reference
LAC Nomination Form
Regional Planning (PSP Regional Planning page)
Engaging Local Communities in Ontario's Electricity Planning Continuum (Link to report)
[l1]Clicking on the link will take you to the community engagement page for the specific region.
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