Bob Chiarelli Minister of Infrastructure has said that “Increased access to natural gas in towns across the province will generate significant local investment, help businesses grow and create jobs, and it will improve the quality of life for all Ontario residents.” and
Glenn Thibeault Minister of Energy has said that “Ensuring affordable sources of energy are available to more rural and Northern communities is a key part of Ontario’s energy plan. Today’s announcement is going to ensure more families and businesses across Ontario are able to choose a cheaper way to heat their homes and workplaces.”
Ontario is expanding access to natural gas for communities that do not currently have service, including those in rural and Northern Ontario and First Nations communities.
The province has heard from people who have asked for service to be expanded to their communities to support greater consumer choice, economic growth and new jobs. In response, Ontario is launching a new natural gas grant program to support the building of natural gas infrastructure.
Municipalities and First Nations communities will be able to work with utilities and natural gas distributors to bring forward proposals under a competitive intake process.
By enabling more communities to access natural gas, Ontario will attract new industry, make commercial transportation and agriculture more affordable, provide a cleaner source of energy and reduce costs.
Expanding access to natural gas is part of the government’s plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.