Ontario’s electricity sector is changing, and it’s time to review our options.

Energizing tomorrow

The City of Guelph is reviewing options for Guelph Hydro to make sure we keep getting great service and value for electricity customers in Guelph and Rockwood.


What are the options?

Here is some preliminary information about the options we’re researching. This information is based on what we’ve learned from electricity utility transactions and consolidations across Ontario. In all cases, the Ontario Energy Board will continue setting rates for Guelph and Rockwood.

Maintain full ownership

Merge with other public utilities

Questions and comments

We definitely want to hear from you before making any changes to the ownership structure of Guelph Hydro. Join the conversation below. Ask us a question or leave a comment:

Guelph's official plan includes objectives relating to climate change and community energy initiatives. Will meeting these objectives be a consideration under a possible restructuring?

Why are we considering changes to Guelph Hydro now?

Are you selling Guelph Hydro to Hydro One?

Please provide examples of mergers that led to lower rates for residential consumers without a reduction in service and/or reduced spending on infrastructure.

I urge Council to maintain full ownership. The climate change crisis is upon us. Cities need to shift to renewable energy. The book "This Changes Everything" suggests public ownership makes the switch to renewables easier.

Please explain why two people left or were removed from the committee. How can new members possibly make informed decisions and recommendations coming in half way through the process?

It seems convenient that City Council appointed the entire Strategies and Options Committee. I don't like how one of the citizen members used to be a Guelph Municipal Holding Company board member. I don't see how this committee is an unbiased team at all.

Why are your negative reasons so subjective? If you don't sell the value will just keep increasing. Why are huge funds lining up to buy utilities?

As you explore potential mergers, will you also make an effort to research what steps may be needed to maintain full ownership, and keep Guelph Hydro competitive and innovative?

City Council decided to further explore possible mergers with publicly-owned local electricity distribution companies. Is this the same as municipally-owned?

Quick Facts

Everything you need to know about our goals, process, and timelines for exploring options for Guelph Hydro.

Your Voice Matters

We want to hear from you as we explore opportunities for Guelph Hydro.

Current Landscape

See how many Ontario municipalities are making changes to their electricity distribution companies.