Frequently Asked Questions
Why does Innisfil Hydro need a new building?
Innisfil Hydro will grow 240% by the year 2031. The existing small site and five buildings are not capable of facilitating this type of growth.
Why are you building a “Taj Mahal”? Why do you need such a big building?
We are not building a Taj Mahal. The building looks big because it rationalizes five buildings plus the addition of a 10-bay garage at one end and 5,500 square feet of rental space at the other.
The Taj Mahal is widely-recognized as the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally-admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage. Although this building is nice, it is no Taj Mahal.
Who is paying for the new building? Will my rates be increasing?
The new building will be mortgaged for 30 years and it will be depreciated over 47 years. The average residential customer will see a maximum impact of $5.07 on their monthly bill and possibly lower dependent on the rate review process with the Ontario Energy Board. The impact will also decrease as new customers get connected.
Why did Innisfil Hydro demolish the old Town Hall building and then change sites?
The plan was to be near the Town’s Roads Department to realize synergies between both organizations. When the Roads Department announced it was moving to the south part of campus, Innisfil Hydro decided to move with them to form an operational cluster to facilitate the sharing of certain infrastructure services, fueling services, fleet and maintenance, amongst other similar opportunities. The anticipation of savings both current and future is well in excess of $1M.
Will the new building be environmentally-friendly?
Since its inception, the building was designed to meet the requirements of LEED certification through the Canadian reen uilding ouncil. The building footprint takes into consideration the growth demands for our respective communities.
Will the new building be accessible?
Yes, the building design was reviewed by the Innisfil Accessibility Committee and will be fully- accessible.
What will happen with the old building(s)?
The Commerce Park site will be purchased by the Town of Innisfil to be used a water reservoir and pumping station.
Will the hours of operation change when you move?
The hours of operation will remain the same: Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.
Why are you changing your name?
Changing our name to InnPower provides a contemporary name to a multi-municipal power company – we service both Innisfil and South Barrie.
When will the building be complete?
Completion is anticipated for early November.
What is the total cost of the building?
The total investment of the new facility is $12M. Prudent planning principles validate the necessary investment to prepare us for the future growth in Innisfil and South Barrie.
Will you be hiring more staff to fill the new building?
The building is designed for employee growth over the next 20 years. The hiring of staff will coincide with customer growth.
Will I be paying for the art sculpture on my bill?
There will be no increases to electricity rates as a result of the community landmark. The community landmark is a gift to the community which will help reinforce the qualities of life that make Innisfil the place to be.