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.