The Ontario government is providing up to $1.8 million to expand natural gas to households and businesses in Saugeen First Nation. Bill Walker, Associate Minister for Energy, announced on July 9th in Southampton, that, “Construction has started on a new natural gas pipeline that will bring more reliable and affordable energy to the Indigenous community.”
“By expanding access to natural gas, our government is putting more money in people’s pockets,” Walker added. “Expanding natural gas to Saugeen First Nation will also help to foster job creation and business growth, sending a clear message that Ontario is open for business.”
The Saugeen First Nation Community Expansion Project is being built by Enbridge and will deliver natural gas to an estimated 65 homes and 24 businesses.
“I am thrilled to see the option of natural gas arrive here in Saugeen First Nation. Natural gas provides a cleaner and more affordable fuel source for heating water and homes for our Community members,” said Chief Lester Anoquot, Saugeen First Nation.
Switching to natural gas could save households in Saugeen First Nation $800 to $2,500 per year in energy costs and small and large businesses could save up to 30% per year.
“The further expansion of natural gas in our region – now onto the Saugeen First Nation – is welcome news and will help more residents have access to an energy source that is affordable and reliable” said Lisa Thompson, MPP for Huron-Bruce.
“Natural gas is the most affordable way to heat our homes and water, and we’re thrilled to bring this energy source to the Saugeen First Nation,” said Cynthia Hansen, Executive Vice President & President, Gas Distribution & Storage, Enbridge Inc. “This heating season, residents will be able to enjoy the comfort and affordability that natural gas delivers. We look forward to working with the Government of Ontario to continue to bring safe, reliable natural gas to more of Ontario’s Indigenous, rural, and northern communities.”