ONTARIO PUTTING $100 MILLION TOWARDS EXPANDING NATURAL GAS USE FOR RURAL AND NORTHERN COMMUNITIES

Jan 30, 2017

By Michael Kramer

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Ontario is pumping $100 million into expanding natural gas access – in rural and northern Ontario communities.

Currently about 75 per cent of Ontario households heat with natural gas – and people in communities without access to the fuel – often have to heat their homes with more expensive sources – such as electricity, oil or propane.

The government estimates that switching from electricity to natural gas could save consumers $1,500 a year – while switching from oil to natural gas could save the average consumer $1,100 a year.

As the Liberal government faces rising anger over high electricity bills it has been looking for ways to cut consumers’ costs – particularly in rural Ontario where bills are highest.

The $100-million grant will see money coming from an infrastructure fund.

Municipalities and First Nations communities will work with utilities and natural gas distributors to create proposals – starting this spring.

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