Ontario Construction News staff writer
Ontario is expanding access to natural gas in the community of Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, to lower heating costs and make businesses more competitive.
Bill Walker, Associate Minister of Energy, announced recently that construction work is well underway on six kilometers of new natural gas pipeline in Chippewas of the Thames First Nation in Middlesex County after the project was granted approval from the Ontario Energy Board.
“By expanding access to natural gas, our government is helping make life more affordable for businesses and families in Chippewas of the Thames First Nation,” Walker said. “Expanding access to natural gas will help make the community more attractive for job creation and growth, sending a clear message that Ontario is open for business.”
The expansion project, being developed by Enbridge Gas, will benefit from up to $1.43 million in eligible funding to expand natural gas through the Ontario Natural Gas Expansion Support Program. The project will connect approximately 43 residential and two commercial customers, including a seniors’ centre and a healing centre.
“The average household in the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation will save up to $2,500 per year as a result of this project,” said Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP Monte McNaughton. “It’s important that our policies help Indigenous nations in my riding prosper.”
“Having access to natural gas in our community means that more residents and businesses will have a lower-cost heating. We appreciate that Indigenous communities are being recognized through the expansion of natural gas in Ontario,” said Jacqueline French, Chief, Chippewas of the Thames First Nation.
The pipeline is expected to be in service by the end of 2019.