Safety around Dams

In Ontario there are more than 220 hydroelectric facilities in operation and more than 500 dams associated with these facilities. Additionally, there are more than 3000 other dams in the province which are used for flood control, irrigation and navigation. These dams are owned by municipalities, Conservation Authorities, private landowners, other industries and the provincial or federal government. Find out more about public safety and dams from the Ontario Waterpower Association.

For years, FOCA has partnered with Ontario Power Generation (OPG), an Ontario-based electricity generation company, to promote public safety around power generation stations.

OPG’s principal business is the generation and sale of electricity in Ontario. Their focus is on the efficient production and sale of electricity from generation assets, while operating in a safe, open and environmentally responsible manner.

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources owns almost 400 of Ontario’s dams.  The MNR Dam Safety pages include important information about these facilities and how we can stay safe around them. Check out this interactive map of Ontario dams .

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Ontario alone has more than 5,000 dams and weirs. “Many dams are approaching or have exceeded their normal life expectancy,” the report noted. “They are in poor condition and no longer provide their originally intended function. They present risks to public safety, owner liability issues, and impacts to the natural environment.”

Videos from OPG about summer dam safety:

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