On June 9, 2021, the Ontario government announced Phase 2 of the Natural Gas Expansion Program that will allocate more than $234 million to support approximately 8750 connections in 43 rural, northern, and Indigenous communities. This will bring natural gas across the province which will help families, businesses and farmers keep energy costs low.

“Today we’re celebrating an important milestone in Ontario’s energy history with Phase 2 of the Natural Gas Expansion Program,” said Premier Doug Ford. “We’re making good on our promise to deliver affordable energy and expand natural gas pipelines to more communities, while at the same time improving economic development and creating thousands of new jobs.”

Greg Rickford, MPP for Kenora-Rainy River announced later that day that approximately 30 homes and businesses in the Kenora District will be connected to natural gas for the first time.

The Kenora-Rainy River district will receive $956,804 to support new connections to the natural gas distribution system, making life more affordable in the district.

“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.”

Residents could save between $250 to $1,500 per year in energy costs by switching to natural gas. Businesses on the other hand are expected to save up to 30 per cent per year on energy costs.

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.