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Bruce Power’s $1.45 million commitment to local hospital foundations is more important than ever

In 2019, Bruce Power announced a commitment of $1.45 million over five years to 10 local hospital foundations. The donation recognizes the important role of local hospitals and their foundations and supports their efforts to provide the latest equipment and services.

Now, three years into this five-year commitment, Bruce Power is announcing those funds can be used at the discretion of each hospital foundation to address any emergent needs that have arisen due to the pandemic.

“The intent of the commitment we made in 2019 was to assist local hospitals in providing the best care possible,” said John Peevers, Bruce Power’s Director of Community, Media Relations and Economic Development. “So much has changed in that short time, especially in the health care sector, that funding priorities may have shifted for these organizations, so we want to make sure the hospital foundations know they have the flexibility to allocate the funds where they’re needed most.”

Additionally, in 2018 Bruce Power announced it would focus $2 million of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) budget between 2019 and 2023 on health care, mental health and education initiatives. With the increased need in these areas – including the donation of over 2.5 million pieces of personal protective equipment – due to the pandemic, this commitment was met in 2021, and will exceed $3 million by 2023.

As with most charitable organizations, the pandemic has added an element of uncertainty to the fundraising efforts for local hospital foundations, so the five-year pledge from Bruce Power helps make planning easier, said Tracy Murray, Executive Director, Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation.

“Bruce Power’s commitment to local health care and its generous support for the Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation has been an investment in ensuring Saugeen Shores remains a vibrant and healthy community,” Murray said. “Since the onset of the pandemic, many of our fundraising initiatives have had to be cancelled, rescheduled or reimagined, so the multi-year commitment from Bruce Power is more important than ever during such uncertain times.”

“In these difficult times, hospital equipment funding is needed more than ever,” said Dr. Brian Taylor, Board Director, Bruce Peninsula Health Services Foundation. “The usual in-person fundraising activities run by the Foundation have been severely limited or cancelled, so we are relying on virtual events and the direct generosity of our donors, both individual and corporate. Bruce Power’s multi-year commitment to supporting our peninsula hospitals is very much appreciated in these uncertain times, and will go a long way toward ensuring that our hospitals are well-equipped and ready for us when we need care.”

The five-year commitment announced in 2019 pledged $250,000 each to the Bruce Peninsula Health Services Foundation, the Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation, and the Owen Sound Regional Hospital Foundation, and $100,000 apiece to the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation, the Wingham District Hospital Foundation, Alexandra Marine & General Hospital Foundation, Walkerton & District Hospital Foundation, Meaford Hospital Foundation, Chesley & District Health Services Foundation, and Hanover & District Hospital Foundation.

Bruce Power provides submission to province’s energy planning consultation process

Bruce Power was pleased to have the opportunity to respond to the Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines (ENDM) review of Ontario’s long-term energy planning framework.

ENDM’s goals in reforming the approach to long-term energy planning are to promote transparency, accountability, effectiveness of energy planning decision-making, increase investment certainty and ensure the interests of ratepayers are protected. Bruce Power provided its expertise to assist in this process and is ready and able to help lead Ontario and Canada in its transition toward a net-zero future.

“At Bruce Power, our core business is supplying safe, reliable electricity to the people and businesses of Ontario, and medical isotopes globally,” said Pat Dalzell, Bruce Power’s Head of Corporate Affairs. “We have been a proud and active partner of the Ontario government for many years, helping the province to explore opportunities to use nuclear power to decarbonize its economy and achieve its climate change objectives, while planning for a reliable, affordable and stable electricity grid.”

Bruce Power’s vision for Ontario’s energy system respects the challenges of today but embraces the changes necessary to create the energy system of the future. The company’s consultation on the long-term planning process highlights four key principles:

  1. Recognize the importance of a holistic planning process. Energy policy is undeniably linked to environmental targets and is a significant determinant of economic development. The energy planning process must sufficiently incorporate climate change objectives and targets, protect public health while also encouraging investment, job creation, and economic growth across the province. Long-term planning requires direct co-ordination between the Ministries of Environment, Conservation and Parks, Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, and Energy, Northern Development and Mines. Planning must consider how Ontario will achieve its 2030 emissions targets as well as respect the interests of the customer.
  2. Focus on long-term sector needs. Long-term climate change reduction policies, such as Ontario’s long-term emissions targets and the possibility of reaching a net-zero future, must be incorporated into energy planning. Thankfully, the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) is well positioned to provide this information and does so through its annual planning and capacity outlook documents.
  3. Leverage Ontario’s unique advantages. With a wide variety of clean energy options at its disposal, including zero-emitting nuclear and hydro facilities that provide the province with flexible baseload supplies, our needs are met through all four seasons. Combined, 94 per cent of Ontario’s electricity system is emissions-free. Branding Ontario as a decarbonized electricity sector is a major economic development opportunity, as firms

based here can declare their operations in the province as ‘clean.’ This clean brand is already being supported by major organizations in Ontario making significant pledges to achieve net zero.

  1. Plan for and embrace innovation. Fundamentally, the government needs to create long-term policy that is flexible, but also provides the clarity and consistency needed to create private sector confidence to invest the considerable sums of capital that are necessary to realize innovation. Policy stability can be entrenched in energy planning to provide the long-term time horizon needed to create the environment that enables technological innovation.

“Bruce Power and nuclear power have been the stable backbone of Ontario’s electricity system for decades,” Dalzell said. “Thanks to investments being made into the Bruce Power site today, we will continue to reliably provide reliable, affordable, emissions-free electricity for decades.”

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