The work includes replacing more than 50 poles in the area from the Pellican Pouch region west of Kenora, and extending to Kenora. The work began in mid-January and is expected to be completed later this month. Another work program will then get underway, east of Kenora to Willard Lake, and continue to the end of April.

Myles D’Arcey, senior vice president of customer operations at Hydro One, said: “We have made improvements to our Kenora transmission corridor an important focus in recent years. Our ongoing investments in upgrading and maintaining the electricity infrastructure in Kenora district are part of Hydro One’s commitment to investing in our system and providing a high level of service for our customers in Northwestern Ontario.”

This is the third year that Hydro One has carried out similar upgrade work to transmission infrastructure in the Kenora area, investing more than $3m since 2007 to maintain long-term system reliability, the company said.