Natural Gas Expansion in Kenora District

Published on July 15, 2021

PHOTO: Tom Thomson

Kenora DistrictToday, Greg Rickford, MPP for Kenora-Rainy River announced that approximately 30 homes and businesses in Kenora District 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 $956,804 to support new connections to the natural gas distribution system and help make life more affordable in Kenora-Rainy River.“Our government is making good on its promise to deliver affordable energy and expand natural gas pipelines to more communities,” said MPP Greg Rickford. “Access to natural gas will help more families and businesses find energy savings, while promoting economic development and job creation across Kenora-Rainy River.”The Ontario government iexpanding 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 are lowering energy costs for homes, businesses and farms across rural, remote and underserved communities,” said Minister Smith. “With Phase2 of the Natural Gas Expansion program, we’re putting people first, bringing prosperity to their communities, and ensuring Ontario remains open for business. ”The average household could save between $250 to $1,500 per year in energy costs by switchingt o natural gas from costlier fuel sources.
Businesses are expected to save up to 30 per cent per year on energy costs.“Northwestern Ontario towns like Dryden need access to affordable and reliable energy. The willingness of the Provincial government to encourage natural gas expansion to more homes and businesses in the north is significant and much appreciated.The recent commitment by Enbridge to expand its physical presence in Dryden with the announcement of a new 10,000 square foot Operations Centre along with today’s Expansion Program announcement for both business and residents along a section of Hwy 594 has long range positive implications for our region.Thank you Minister Rickford, Minister Smith and the whole Enbridge team.”Said Greg Wilson, Mayor City of Dryden, Ontario. 
“We’re thrilled that through Ontario’s Natural Gas Expansion Program, Enbridge Gas will bring much needed and wanted natural gas in the most affordable way to more communities across Ontario, including this one,” said Cynthia Hansen, Executive Vice President & President, Gas Distribution & Storage, Enbridge Inc. “Natural gas is the most economic way to heat buildings and water, and we are excited to work with local officials and the community to move this project forward, so community members can benefit from the cost savings, and local businesses can be more competitive.”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$234million 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.