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West of Thunder Bay - Regional Plan

There is potential for renewed growth in demand associated with forecasted mining activities and resource development in various communities across the West of Thunder Bay sub-region. Due to its connection with the North of Dryden sub-region, this region's electricity supply can be affected by the potential for development in the area north of Dryden. Regional planning will provide options to address the potential for demand growth, considering both the limits on the existing supply to the area, and opportunities for coordinating demand and supply options.

Current status: An Integrated Regional Resource Plan (IRRP) has been released for the West of Thunder Bay sub-region.


How to get involved

A Local Advisory Committee (LAC) is being established to provide advice on the development of the electricity plan for this area. LAC meetings are open to the public.

To find out about upcoming meetings and to participate, please visit the active engagement page.

Subscribe to receive updates on the status of the plan and to learn about opportunities for municipalities, community groups, stakeholders and the general public to provide input. A Working Group consisting of the local distribution companies in the region, the local transmitter and the IESO will use the regional planning process to identify and meet local electricity needs.

The Working Group consists of staff from, Atikokan Hydro, Kenora Hydro, Fort Frances, Sioux Lookout Hydro Power Corporation, Hydro One Distribution, Hydro One Transmission and the IESO.


Area overview

For regional planning purposes, the West of Thunder Bay sub-region is defined as the area bordered to the south and west by the United States and Manitoba borders, and extending north to include Kenora, Dryden and Sioux Lookout, and east as far as (but not including) the City of Thunder Bay.

The sub-region includes the City of Kenora, the City of Dryden, the Town of Fort Frances, the Town of Sioux Lookout, the Town of Atikokan and surrounding towns, townships and communities in unorganized districts. A full listing of the municipalities in the regional planning area can be found in the draft terms of reference document.

The West of Thunder Bay sub-region also includes the following First Nations: Anishinabe of Wauzhushk Onigum, Anishinaabeg of Naongashiing, Big Grassy, Couchiching, Eagle Lake, Grassy Narrows, Iskatewizaagegan #39, Lac Des Mille Lacs, Lac La Croix, Lac Seul, Mitaanjigamiing, Naicatchewenin, Naotkamegwanning, Nigigoonsiminikaaning, Northwest Angle #33, Northwest Angle #37, Obashkaandagaang, Ochiichagwe'Babigo'iIning, Ojibway Nation of Saugeen, Ojibways of Onigaming, Rainy River, Seine River, Shoal Lake #40, Wabaseemoong, Wabauskang, Wabigoon Lake Ojibway.

In planning for this sub-region, it is necessary to consider the power transfer requirements into the North of Dryden sub-region primarily from the Dryden station. See more information on the North of Dryden sub-region. The West of Thunder Bay sub-region is also interconnected with Manitoba at Kenora and Minnesota at Fort Frances.

West of Thunder Bay Map

Map of West of Thunder Bay Region