MPP Skelly Announces Natural Gas Expansion ProjectPublished on June 09, 2021
Province supports economic development in Hamilton Airport Region
Hamilton — Today, Donna Skelly, MPP for Flamborough-Glanbrook, announced that approximately 12 businesses in the Hamilton Airport region will be able to connect to natural gas for the first time thanks to the province’s Natural Gas Expansion Program.
Under Phase 2 of the program, Ontario will allocate $10,331,404 to support new connections to the natural gas distribution system and help make life more affordable in Hamilton.
“Our government is making good on its promise to deliver affordable energy and expand natural gas pipelines to more communities,” said MPP Skelly. “Access to natural gas will help more businesses find energy savings, while promoting economic development and job creation across Hamilton.”
The Ontario government is expanding access to natural gas across the province to help keep the cost of energy low for families, businesses and farmers. Phase 2 of the Natural Gas Expansion Program will allocate more than $234 million to support approximately 8750 connections in 43 rural, northern and Indigenous communities.
“As part of our government’s plan to make life more affordable, we prioritized broad distribution across Ontario to help as many homes and businesses keep the cost of energy low, support jobs and attract new investment,” said Bill Walker, Associate Minister of Energy. “With Phase 2 of the Natural Gas Expansion program, we’re putting people first and ensuring Ontario remains open for business. This will be a game-changer for these 43 communities.”
The average household could save between $250 to $1,500 per year in energy costs by switching to natural gas from costlier fuel sources. Businesses are expected to save up to 30 per cent per year on energy costs.
“Through the Natural Gas Expansion Program, Enbridge Gas will be able to bring much-needed natural gas infrastructure to unlock the development potential in these areas, positioning them well for future growth, while creating numerous direct and indirect job opportunities and helping support Ontario’s economic growth and recovery,” said Cynthia Hansen, Executive Vice President & President, Gas Distribution & Storage, Enbridge Inc. “We look forward to working with new and existing commercial and industrial customers so they can tap into the added capacity and cost savings and reliability benefits natural gas has to offer.”
Construction for projects under Phase 2 will begin as soon as this year, with all 28 expansion projects expected to be underway by the end of 2025.
- Phase 2 of the Natural Gas Expansion Program will allocate more than $234 million to support 28 new natural gas expansion projects from 2021 to 2026.
- Since its launch in 2019, Phase 1 of the Natural Gas Expansion Program has supported projects that are forecasted to connect over 9,000 customers, in 16 communities, to natural gas.
- Phase 1 and 2 projects are funded through a $1-per-month charge to existing natural gas customers.