TORONTO — The provincial government will be increasing access to natural gas for families and businesses in rural, northern and First Nation communities, which is expected to save families as much as $1,100 a year.
Provincial representatives recently announced projects selected to receive funding to build the supporting natural gas infrastructure and expand access to natural gas, pending regulatory approvals for construction, states a release. This includes moving forward on constructing a natural gas distribution pipeline to connect homes and businesses in the Hiawatha First Nation and areas of the Township of Otonabee-South Monaghan.
The Natural Gas Grant Program launched in January 2017 and will provide approximately $100 million to support projects in these communities to help increase access to natural gas, and significantly lower heating costs.
More than 11,300 homes and businesses are expected to be able to connect to natural gas through the supported projects.