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Electricity sector pushes for better access to infrastructure funding

By Jolson Lim      

The sector cautioned that the country's existing electricity infrastructure, which was largely built before the 1970s, is now reaching its expiry date and is in need of upgrades.

The electricity industry is spending $20-billion annually on upgrading its infrastructure, such as the Bruce Power Lake Huron Nuclear Plant, pictured. The plant is being refurbished at a cost of $13-billion starting in 2020. Bruce Power photo
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Canada’s electricity sector is calling on the federal government to work with the provinces to improve access to grant funding, and to make it easier to get regulatory approvals needed for an overhaul of the country's energy grid, with key infrastructure reaching its expiry date. Much of Canada’s electricity infrastructure—such as transmission lines, utility poles, and power plants—was built in the 1970s. A generation later, many of these electricity assets are nearing the end of their lifecycle and

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