Written By: Monday, February 12th 2018

It clear the region has already benefited greatly from the life extension program announced by Bruce Power that will secure its future for the next five decades.

More than a dozen businesses have opened offices or branches in Bruce County in the past year.

Vice President James Scongack, addressing an Owen Sound Chamber of Commerce crowd recently, says they’re also hearing from some businesses who want to expand to Grey County.

He tells Dock News they’re also looking forward to the Regional Skills Trade and Innovation Centre being planned for the now defunct Sydenham School next door to Georgian College.

“We are very excited about what that facility will offer for the area. We also have to recognize that there are trade needs that are outside Bruce Power. So there are a lot of trade needs that this facility will look at that will support the economy whether its residential or home construction.”

Scongack says part of helping to grow the economy means making sure that other sectors can catch up.

We need to work together with other municipalities, the county, other businesses, other organizations to address potential gaps we may find whether that be affordable housing, access to health care or education, or the work we’ve done with the United Way.

The life extension began on Jan. 1, 2016, and will continue through 2053, allowing Bruce Power’s units to operate safely through to 2064.

The life extension also includes the Major Component Replacement Project, which will begin in Unit 6 in 2020 and extend the life of Units 3-8 over a period of 16 years.

The program will secure an estimated 22,000 jobs directly and indirectly from operations, and an additional 3,000-5,000 jobs annually throughout the investment program, injecting billions into Ontario’s economy.