The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Construction Council of Ontario (IBEW-CCO) has denounced statements by Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak that he would end Ontario's green energy incentives should he become premier.
‘The Green Energy Act and the feed-in-tariff program have been drivers that have resulted in several million person-hours of construction work directly related to green energy projects across Ontario,’ says John Grimshaw, executive secretary and treasurer of the IBEW-CCO. ‘This is an important fact that no one can ignore.’
Ontario's construction industry has been a major benefactor since the introduction of the Green Energy Act. Thousands of jobs have been created for electricians, power line technicians and other trades as a result of investments in wind and solar energy projects, according to the IBEW-CCO.
The IBEW-CCO is the provincial umbrella body that represents over 15,000 electrical workers in Ontario.