Residents in some downtown dwellings have recently had to deal with a series of power outages, some of them lasting over 24 hours.
Some of the outages which affected nine buildings at CityPlace were blamed on strong winds, and heavy rain.
On Tuesday, Mayor John Tory released the following statement:
Over the past few weeks several large residential complexes in the downtown core have experienced prolonged power outages due to our city’s aging electrical distribution infrastructure raising questions about the reliability of Toronto Hydro’s electricity distribution system.
A critical part of ensuring we have a modern, liveable city is the availability of basic necessities like electric power. As Mayor, I cannot be satisfied with a system that sees thousands of our residents without power on multiple occasions absent extraordinary circumstances such as extreme weather.
I met with Anthony Haines, CEO of Toronto Hydro, on Monday to gather more information about the outages and determine what is, and can further be done to avoid them going forward..
What struck me most is that like many other areas of the City, investment in Toronto Hydro infrastructure has not kept up with our rapid growth, especially in new construction areas that have seen increased densification in recent years. In fact, key equipment has not been updated since the 1950s when the tallest building on our skyline was the Royal York hotel. I discussed with Mr. Haines what additional investment would be required to produce greater reliability for customers in high-growth areas and city-wide and he will be giving this matter his early consideration.
I know Mr. Haines shares my desire to see us do better and his response to my inquiries will be shared with the relevant City departments, building owners and property managers.