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New national infrastructure strategy unveiled

Minister of Public Safety Vic Toews was joined by the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) for the unveiling of the “National Strategy and Action Plan for Critical Infrastructure”. The document is the culmination of a multi-year effort between government and industry to put in place a cross-disciplinary plan for critical infrastructure protection.

 

“As owners and operators of some of the country's most critical infrastructure, the Canadian electricity sector has participated fully in the development of this Action Plan,” said CEA President and CEO Pierre Guimond. “The prevention, preparedness and response to threats to our critical infrastructure, both physical and cyber, is a major preoccupation of our members in their mission to deliver safe, reliable and sustainable electricity to all Canadians."

 

Of the recommendations in this report, Guimond said: “Information sharing of the kind promoted by this Action Plan will offer government a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by owner/operators, while industry will gain greater insight into the preoccupations of government with respect to infrastructure protection. All will benefit from this improved understanding.”

 

The announcement event was officiated by Rosemarie Leclair, president and CEO of Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. and took place at the Merivale Road Control Centre. Also participating in the proceedings were Rick Bartolucci, Ontario’s Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, and Hector Goudreau, Alberta’s Minister of Municipal Affairs.

 

For more information, please visit www.electricity.ca.