COVID-19 Update April 2, 2020

What we are doing

Oshawa Power continues to actively participate in ongoing projects, support our community and ensure the safety of our employees and customers.

Oshawa Power was very proud to support All or Nothing Brewery in their efforts to produce much needed hand sanitizer to be supplied to the frontline workers. We continue to supply a reliable source of power to enable businesses to pivot and remain open to serve the community.

Oshawa Power recently supported Lakeridge Health services with their efforts to set up a mobile testing site.  As Lakeridge prepares to set up mobile quarters for staff working long hours, Oshawa Power is committed to expedite the process to provide power and data to them. During this critical time, Oshawa Power recognizes the importance of uninterrupted supply of power to support Lakeridge’s efforts in battling COVID-19 and this remains one of our top priorities.

Earlier this week, our President and CEO, Ivano Labricciosa participated in the Mayor’s Small Business Telephone Town Hall as a panel member. Questions were answered regarding the impact of COVID-19 on local businesses, impact on staffing, and long-term financial impacts. Additionally, there were inquiries on local construction sites and safety. The City of Oshawa will be releasing a recording of the town hall within the next week. We will be sure to share it.

Safety and our staff

Electricity is an essential service. Oshawa Power is continuing with construction projects to ensure the electricity supply remains stable. We understand the importance of reliable electricity during these times where so many households have people working from home. We have implemented barriers to keep our staff safe while we continue with these projects. Barriers include limit of approach, personal protective equipment, and adjusting procedures. This proven 3 Barrier safety practice, already in use for our industry, has been adapted to protect our workers from the hazard of COVID – 19.

If you do see our crews working in your neighbourhood we ask that you keep your distance. To keep our workers safe and healthy we are asking that the public respect a 5-metre distance.

For our inside staff additional safety measures include: workingfrom home where applicable, enhanced office cleaning and sanitizing, workstation relocation, social distancing, limiting visitors to the office, and conducting virtual meetings.

Oshawa Power will continue with day-to-day customer service, design projects, construction and customer projects so long as we can keep our workers safe and respect the safety guidelines put in place by Government and Public Health officials.

Support for Household Projects

With more people at home it is certain that the number of household projects will increase. We want to assure that we have staff available to assist you with these projects. If you are doing any electrical work, we recommend you hire a licenced electrician.  Some projects will require an electrical upgrade and we are here to support you. Just fill out our Service Request Form and we will respond within 1-2 days. All electrical projects need to be inspected by the Electrical Safety Authority before reconnection.

April is Dig Safe month! In 2019, there were 4,940 reported damages as a result of not calling Ontario One Call first. If are planning any projects that required digging please call Ontario One Call at 1-800-400-2255, it is the law.

It is always important to receive feedback to ensure we are staying connected to and meeting your needs. It is also comforting for our team to receive your support – we want to hear from you. Please send us your thoughts and messages and we will share them with our team.

Email: ceo@opuc.on.ca

Phone: 905-743-5207

Stay Up to Date

As we navigate through these unchartered times as a result of COVID-19 please take comfort in knowing that Oshawa Power is here for you. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook @oshawapower for the latest updates and check our COVID-19 webpage regularly.

Stay up-to-date on COVID-19 and learn the facts about this virus via http://www.durham.ca/NovelCoronavirus.

More information about COVID-19 and what you can do if you are experiencing symptoms can be found at: http://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

Ontario Energy Board

https://www.oeb.ca/

The Government of Ontario website

https://www.ontario.ca/page/government

The following are quick links that can be followed for further information

Government of Canada

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice.html

Lakeridge Health

https://www.lakeridgehealth.on.ca/en/index.asp