Toronto Hydro is preparing to respond to possible power outages that may occur due to a major winter storm that’s forecasted to impact Toronto this weekend. They are closely monitoring the weather system expected to reach its strongest wind gusts up to 100 km/h from Friday afternoon through Saturday morning, which may result in downed powerlines caused by fallen trees and tree limbs.

In light of the holiday timing, and the potential impact on our grid and customers, we have rostered additional crews to work around the clock to restore power as safely and quickly as possible. Emergency planning efforts are also being closely coordinated with municipal and utility partners to ensure an organized response.

To stay safe and best prepare for extended outages, we’re reminding customers to restock their emergency kit. Our emergency preparedness guide is available in several languages on our website here

Toronto Hydro is also reminding customers to look out for downed powerlines. If a powerline is down, please stay at least 10 metres back — about the length of a school bus — and report it immediately to 416-542-8000.

There are a number of online tools our customers can use to stay informed during power outages, including our outage map, Twitter and mobile apps. To learn more, please visit