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Hydro Rates for Seasonal Customers

Hydro One Update – Spring, 2017


Hydro rates remain a controversial subject across all of Ontario these days as the Government tries to soften the impact of the significant increases being experienced by Ontario consumers.

In the midst of these issues there remain two issues that have additional impacts on the Balsam Lake community, namely;

The first initiative is underway across the province and is being phased in for Hydro One customers beginning January 2016 over an 8 year period. The intent here is to minimize any customers increase from this change to less than 10%/year. The end result is that Hydro One’s distribution charges will be at flat rate and not a function of your monthly usage.

The second initiative was addressed by Hydro One in its submission to the OEB in December this past year. In that submission, Hydro One has proposed a plan to eliminate Seasonal class over a period of some 8 years to mitigate the dramatic impact on current seasonal customers who would move to the R2 rate class. In addition during that period Hydro One would apply transition credits to these customers by collecting a small levy from all existing Hydro one customers each month, in the order of $2.00/month. This issue is very controversial as many Seasonal customers in zone R1 (Balsam Lake community) will see their costs decrease while most Seasonal customers in zone R2 will see dramatic increases in their electricity costs. Currently those Seasonal customers in R2 are being subsidized by the Seasonal customers in R1.

The Balsam Lake Coalition (BLC) is continuing to advocate for the elimination of Seasonal class and was a major contributor in the decision to move delivery charges to flat rate. The Balsam Lake Association continues their support for the efforts of BLC.


Balsam Lake & Cameron Lake Management Plan

Lake Management Plan Implementation – The Road Ahead

In 2010, the City of Kawartha Lakes embarked on a project to develop science-based and community-driven Lake Management Plans for all of the major lakes in the City. The preparation of each plan entailed three years of data collection, analysis and consultation and a fourth year for plan preparation, approval and publication. The Balsam Lake and Cameron Lake Management Plan, the second in a series of seven Plans, was published in 2015 and is available at the link below.


Balsam & Cameron Lake Management Plan






Lake Management Plan - Balsam Lake

The Lake Management Plan for Balsam & Cameron Lakes is now essentially complete. It is to be endorsed by the Kawartha Conservation Authority latger this Spring and presented to City of Kawartha Lakes Council shortly thereafter.

The Plan is available for viewing at the website:

 Please feel free to peruse the plan at your convenience and direct any questions or comments through our website or through the Kawartha Conservation site.


Emerald Ash Borer Disease

City of Kawartha Lakes has confirmed the presence of the Emerald Ash Borer disease within the City.

For further details, please see the attached link posted by the City of Kawartha Lakes




West Nile Virus Awareness

The following message has been provided thanks to the folks at Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge Health Unit

This summer, the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is reminding local residents to take precautions against West Nile virus in their community. West Nile virus first appeared in Ontario in 2001, and is mainly transmitted to humans by the bite of infected mosquitoes.  

Most people who are bitten by an infected mosquito do not show any symptoms of West Nile virus. However, in a few cases, people who do get sick from West Nile virus can develop serious illness that can even be fatal. Some individuals are at greater risk of suffering health problems from West Nile virus, including older adults and people with weaker immune systems.

There is no good reason to be bitten by a mosquito at any time, but particularly during the summer and fall when the risk of West Nile virus is in the air. That is why the Health Unit encourages people to fight the bite of mosquitoes by ‘covering up’ when outside and ‘cleaning up’ around their properties to reduce mosquito breeding areas.


We would encourage you to share the fight the bite message with your cottage association members. Below is a link to the Health Unit’s website that includes a variety of information and resources on preventing West Nile virus:

Prevent West Nile Virus: Fight the Bite