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 engagement process is the development of a Local Advisory Committee (LAC). The LAC will be informed of regional planning activities in the region and 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 in the following planning regions. Please click on the link for more information:
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
The 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. The 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.
See Regional and Community Engagment to access the pages for each of the 21 planning regions in the province.
If you have any questions regarding the Local Advisory Committees, please email email@example.com.
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.