PowerNews: Special Edition
A message from OPG’s President and CEO
I am pleased to share this special issue of PowerNews, which features profiles of our frontline employees helping keep the lights on during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, an exciting milestone for the Darlington Refurbishment project, and efforts to support frontline health care workers and the province’s food vulnerable.
To date, we have donated more than one million surgical masks, 75,000 N95 masks and 17,500 Tyvek protective suits through the Ministry of Health to help address the shortage of important personal protective equipment. We also secured Health Canada approval on our 3D-printed protective face shields, which we are producing in partnership with Ontario Tech. And, OPG continues to supply Cobalt-60, an important medical isotope formed in our nuclear reactors that is used to sterilize single-use medical devices like syringes and gloves.
We also partnered with three remarkable groups working to support food vulnerable residents. This includes $500,000 to Feed Ontario to help launch their province-wide emergency food box program; $250,000 to the Regional Food Distribution Association of Northwestern Ontario to distribute emergency food support to First Nations; and $150,000 to Feed the Need to buy and distribute food to organizations across Durham Region.
Outside of these efforts, OPG has struck a “Solutions Team” to continue to find new ways to protect our workers and further support Ontario’s health care community. Like many companies inspired by the Government’s “Ontario Together” call to action, our talented and creative employees have brainstormed some very innovative ideas, which this team is now evaluating and working to quickly implement. These ideas include using thermal imaging cameras to monitor temperatures of staff at our stations, exploring ultraviolet light rays as a method for sanitization, and hand-sewing washable and reusable medical-grade cloth masks to protect frontline workers.
As we look to the coming months, there is still much uncertainty ahead of us. It is a situation that can weigh heavily on our minds, and for this reason it is vitally important that we keep on top of our mental health. OPG has signed on to support WellCan, a free collection of digital mental health resources to help Canadians during COVID-19. Please help us share this vital information hub located at WellCan.ca.
Amid this challenging time, I am confident we at OPG will continue to do our very best to help support Ontario by providing essential power reliably and safely and by helping our neighbours in need across the province. I am also confident that through our resolve and resilience as Ontarians, we will get through this and together we will all #PowerOn.
Thank you and be well.
President and CEO
Meet the OPG employees helping Ontario power on
Get to know some of the critical workers who are helping to keep the lights on for Ontario during the COVID-19 pandemic.Read more
OPG’s ‘Solutions Team’ finding innovative ways to fight COVID-19
OPG has launched a “Solutions Team” to continue to find new ways to protect its essential workers and support health care workers.Read more
How OPG is helping communities and frontline health care workers
A summary of OPG's actions to date to help Ontario’s frontline health care heroes and community organizations that support the food vulnerable.Read more
Helping Ontario’s frontline health care workers in their time of need
Industries and companies across Ontario are stepping up in a big way at this crucial time to support Ontario’s health care heroes.Read more
OPG providing emergency food support to First Nations in northwestern Ontario
OPG is joining forces with the Regional Food Distribution Association of Northwestern Ontario to buy and distribute food during this time of increased...Read more
Darlington Unit 2 achieves major milestone with first criticality
After years of planning and execution on the Darlington Refurbishment, OPG has achieved a historic milestone on Darlington Unit 2.Read more
Amid challenging times, we're actively preparing for Freshet
Learn how our operations staff are busy preparing to manage the impacts of the annual spring runoff, for the safety of the public and the environment.Read more
OPG partners with Feed Ontario to launch innovative COVID-19 emergency food box program
OPG is teaming up with Feed Ontario to provide food to vulnerable individuals and families impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.Read more
OPG donating 17,500 Tyvek suits to support frontline health care workers during COVID-19 crisis
The donated suits are in addition to one million surgical masks and 75,000 N95 masks that OPG has donated to the Province of Ontario.Read more
OPG providing emergency food support to Durham Region
OPG is donating $150,000 to Feed the Need in Durham for purchasing and distributing food to Durham residents during this time of increased need.Read more
R.H. Saunders GS now back to full strength after successful unit repair
All 16 units at R.H. Saunders GS are once again reliably producing clean power for Ontario, as they have done for more than 60 years.Read more
OPG targets fall date for Unit 3 refurbishment in response to COVID-19
The start of Unit 3’s refurbishment at Darlington Nuclear has been rescheduled for this fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Read more