Alectra Incorporated, through its subsidiary Alectra Utilities Corporation, is an electricity utility and distributor that serves several municipalities in the Golden Horseshoe region of Ontario. It is a municipally owned corporation with shares in varying amounts held by the municipalities which owned its predecessor companies.
|Type||Municipally owned corporation|
Hydro One Brampton
|Founded||January 31, 2017Mississauga, Ontarioin|
|Brian Bentz (President and CEO)|
|Owners||City of Mississauga (26.61%)|
City of Vaughan (20.50%)
City of Hamilton (17.31%)
City of Markham (15.00%)
City of Barrie (8.37%)
City of Guelph (4.63%)
City of St. Catharines (4.63%)
OMERS Infrastructure[a] (2.96%)
Number of employees
|1,600 (2017, projected)|
|Subsidiaries||Alectra Utilities Corporation|
Alectra Energy Solutions Inc.
When it was founded, Alectra was described as the second largest municipally-owned electricity utility in North America after the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. As of January 2019 it is the largest municipally-owned electricity utility in Canada, by number of customers served.
Formation and expansionEdit
Alectra was formed on January 31, 2017 by the merger of the municipally-owned utilities Enersource (serving Mississauga), Horizon Utilities (serving Hamilton and St. Catharines), and PowerStream (serving portions of York Region and Simcoe County). The initial formation of the company was completed with the acquisition of Hydro One Brampton from the provincial government's Hydro One on February 28, 2017. Guelph Hydro (serving Guelph and Rockwood) merged into Alectra on January 1, 2019.
Following its formation, Alectra continued to hold the 50% ownership stake formerly held by PowerStream in Collus PowerStream (which services Collingwood and surrounding area) until 2017. Alectra announced on November 9, 2017 that it was selling its ownership stake in Collus PowerStream back to the Town of Collingwood, with the Town announcing that it was selling Collus PowerStream to EPCOR Utilities.
The company is governed by a 14-member board of directors representing the municipalities and other shareholders which owned its predecessor companies. Municipal representatives make up 13 of those directors, consisting of: 4 directors from Mississauga, 3 from Vaughan, 2 from Hamilton, 2 from Markham, 1 from Barrie, 1 from St. Catharines, and 1 from Guelph.
Employees of Alectra's predecessor companies had previously been represented by the Power Workers' Union, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and Unifor. Following a vote on June 28, 2017 the majority of unionized employees of Alectra and its subsidiaries agreed to be represented solely by the Power Workers' Union.
- Held the remaining 10% of Enersource; formerly known as Borealis Infrastructure
- Simon, Chris (January 17, 2017). "Simcoe and York residents will save through hydro merger: Barrie mayor". Barrie Advance. Retrieved April 21, 2017.
- Alectra Utilities Corporation; Guelph Hydro (March 7, 2018). "Alectra Utilities Corporation and Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. — Application for Approval of Consolidation under Section 86 of the Ontario Energy Board Act,1998 and related relief" (PDF). Regulatory Affairs. Guelph Hydro. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
- Werner, Kevin (January 16, 2017). "Horizon Utilities becomes Alectra creating second largest municipally-owned utility in North America". Hamilton Community News. Metroland Media Group. Retrieved April 21, 2017.
- "Guelph Hydro, Alectra merger now official". Guelph Mercury Tribune. Metroland Media Group. January 2, 2019. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
- "Enersource, Horizon Utilities, PowerStream Officially Become Alectra Inc" (PDF). January 31, 2017. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 22, 2017. Retrieved April 21, 2017.
- "Alectra Inc. Acquires Hydro One Brampton" (PDF). February 28, 2017. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 22, 2017. Retrieved April 21, 2017.
- Carty, Matt (October 19, 2018). "Ontario Energy Board approves Guelph Hydro, Alectra merger". Global News. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
- Adams, Ian (March 16, 2017). "Collingwood wants answers on Collus-Powerstream dividend". Collingwood Connection. Retrieved April 21, 2017.
In a letter to both the town and Alectra... Collus-Powerstream board secretary Pamela Hogg advised the company's board of directors decided not to pay a dividend to the two shareholders for the 2015 fiscal year.
- Walker, Mike (November 9, 2017). "EPCOR to become new utility provider in Collingwood area after Alectra sells shares to town". CTV News Barrie. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
- Craggs, Samantha (January 16, 2017). "Hamilton residents won't notice much difference in new electricity merger". CBC News. Retrieved April 21, 2017.
- "Guelph Hydro-Alectra Utilities merger completed" (PDF). News. Guelph, ON: Alectra Utilities. January 2, 2019. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
Also, as part of the merger agreement, Alectra’s original 13-member Board of Directors has been expanded to accommodate representation from the City of Guelph. Jane Armstrong... has been selected as Guelph’s representative and will join the Alectra Board early in 2019.
- "PWU Welcomes Alectra Employees Into Membership". Power Workers' Union. June 28, 2017. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
- McNaughton, Graeme (October 19, 2018). "Guelph Hydro, Alectra merger approved". Guelph Mercury Tribune. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
- "A Guelph Hydro-Alectra merger makes sense - City of Guelph". City of Guelph. April 10, 2018. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
Service would be the same or better for customers in Guelph and Rockwood.