Hydro Box Beautification Update

July 3, 2020



As a result of the success of the three transformer wraps installed last year, Niagara-on-the-Lake Hydro (NOTL Hydro) is proposing to wrap three more of its transformers this year. The wraps will once again be based on artwork commissioned from local artists and the program will again be run in partnership with Communities in Bloom and the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre. Transformers being considered for wraps to include those located near the Community Center, in Garrison Village, and by the Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club.

NOTL Hydro has also received a number of inquiries from businesses and residents who wish to see the transformers located on their property wrapped. NOTL Hydro is considering allowing this as long as the wrap is fully paid for by the local resident or business and the wrap is local artwork commissioned through and approved by the partnership with Communities in Bloom and the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre. The sponsor’s name will appear on the bottom panel.


  1. Hydro box wraps may be sponsored by any business or resident for a box of their choice.
  2. The cost is expected to be between $1,500 – $2,000 with cost varying based on the size of the box chosen. The sponsor will be expected to pay the full cost in advance.
  3. All wraps must be in a manner consistent with the goals of “Communities in Bloom”.
  4. The use of the work of a local artist, as commissioned by the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre, is mandatory. A $500 honorarium is provided to the artist as part of the cost.  The sponsor may participate in the selection of the artwork.
  5. No commercial messaging of any kind may be included on the wrap other than the name or logo of the sponsor as part of the bottom panel.
  6. All wrap designs must be approved by a panel made up of representatives of NOTL Hydro, the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre and Communities in Bloom.
  7. For consistency, all wraps will be produced and installed by a vendor chosen by the panel.
  8. NOTL Hydro makes no commitments as to how long a box may be in service or what damage may be caused to the wrap due to hydro services.
  9. NOTL Hydro may reject the wrapping of any box at any time.