Bruce Power has formalized its long standing working relationship with the communities of Saugeen Shores and Kincardine with a Memorandum of Understanding that sets out a framework for the organizations to build on their successful working relationship and identify new areas of collaboration.

We value the strong relationships that have been formed and have accomplished a great deal over the past 14 years,

said James Scongack, Vice President of Corporate Affairs.

“We believe by formalizing this relationship we can focus our efforts on even greater things in the years to come.”

Past collaborations have included investments in key community initiatives, regular communications, emergency preparedness, engagement on regulatory items and doctor recruitment. Approximately 80% of Bruce Power’s 4,200 employees reside in the Town of Saugeen Shores and Municipality of Kincardine.

Bruce Power is a model corporate citizen and a strong partner with the Municipality of Kincardine,

said Mayor Anne Eadie.

“Kincardine is a vibrant community and we look forward to the things we can achieve with Bruce Power.”

Since 2010, Saugeen Shores and Kincardine, along with Bruce Power, have collaborated on a joint physician recruitment initiative to attract physicians to both communities. This initiative commenced with a $500,000 contribution by Bruce Power in 2010 to augment well established programs in place in both municipalities. Currently the program, which is supported by a full-time physician recruiter, is jointly funded on an annual basis and is focused on ensuring the community attracts physicians in the short, medium and long-term to both communities.

The physician recruitment program is a great example of what we achieve together,

said Saugeen Shores Mayor Mike Smith.

“There is power in numbers and we appreciate the opportunity to achieve even more in the future.”

Bruce Power has arrangements with both Saugeen Shores and Kincardine to meet funding requirements related to emergency preparedness activities and the requirements of the Provincial Nuclear Emergency Response Plan as per the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act including annual exercises, drills and training.

Recognizing the continued expected role of Bruce Power in Ontario’s Long Term Energy Plan the company and Municipalities will work together to determine economic development initiatives and share information on long-term plans related to additional workers that will come to the area to support investment activities.

Some of the objectives of the collaboration include:

  • Continued open, transparent communications between the organizations on issues of common interest.
  • Advancement of mutually beneficial economic development and infrastructure opportunities.
  • Support health care initiatives within the community.
  • Support the requirements of all organizations with respect to emergency preparedness and planning. This will also include the determination of funding requirements on an annual basis.
  • Leverage existing communications tools to provide relevant information to the public on a wide range of issues.
  • Provide input into Bruce Power’s regional outreach activities and the company’s Community Investment and Sponsorship Program
  • Recognize the benefit to the community of making facilities such as Bruce Power’s new fire training centre available to municipal fire departments.
  • Promote an annual scholarship program available to youth in Grey, Bruce and Huron Counties
  • Continued participation by the organizations in the Bruce County Mutual Aid Plan and the common sharing of resources during emergency responses in the region.
  • Continued efforts to provide public education regarding nuclear emergency preparedness and a unified message delivered to the communities by the organizations through www.bepreparedgreybrucehuron.com
  • Provision of property and other infrastructure to support Bruce Power’s offsite air sampling obligations.

The Memorandum of Understanding is available to the public here and on the websites of both municipalities.

About Kincardine

Located on the shores of Lake Huron in Bruce County, was the Municipality of Kincardine was created in 1999 by the amalgamation of the Town of Kincardine, the Township of Kincardine, and the Township of Bruce. A community integrated by an urban and rural landscape, the Municipality encompasses a land area of 538 square kilometers, and a population in 2011 of 11,174.

About Saugeen Shores

The fastest growing community in Bruce County, Saugeen Shores was formed in 1999 as a municipal restructuring merging the former Towns of Southampton, Port Elgin, and Saugeen Township. In addition to the two main population centres, Saugeen Shores also includes a vibrant rural agricultural area incorporating the hamlets of Burgoyne and North Bruce. With a land area of 170 square kilometers Saugeen Shores had a 2011 population of 12,661, representing a percentage increase of 8% from 2006.

About Bruce Power

Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility and is the source of roughly 30% of Ontario’s electricity. The company’s site in Tiverton, Ontario is home to eight CANDU reactors, each one capable of generating enough low-cost, reliable, safe and clean electricity to meet the annual needs of a city the size of Hamilton. Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an all-Canadian partnership among Borealis Infrastructure Management (a division of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System), TransCanada, the Power Workers’ Union and the Society of Energy Professionals. A majority of Bruce Power’s employees are also owners in the business.

For further information, please contact:

Bruce Power

John Peevers – 519-361-6583 – john.peevers@brucepower.com

Saugeen Shores

Larry Allison – 519-832-2008 – allisonl@saugeenshores.ca

Kincardine

Murray Clarke – 519-396-3018 – cao@kincardine.net