Natural Gas Infrastructure

Overview

Rural Ontario needs a natural gas infrastructure program and a rural rate to drive our rural economy and create jobs. Ontario farms and rural businesses rely heavily on sound infrastructure and competitive energy rates. These two key inputs overlap in the form of access to natural gas in rural Ontario. The extension of natural gas pipelines in rural Ontario is the largest economic stimulation the provincial government can provide.

Natural gas is half the cost of electricity and approximately one third the cost of propane. Less than one fifth of Ontario farms have access to natural gas. Expanded gas lines in rural Ontario would give farmers access to savings for heating barns, operating grain dryers and generating electricity on an as needed basis. Over 500,000 rural families will cut their energy bills by more than $1,000 per year and 30,000 farms and small business will save more money that will be reinvested into the local rural economy to create jobs.

Sub Issues

OFA Fact Sheets

Rural Ontario Grows with Natural Gas
(October 30, 2014)


Submissions & Correspondence

OFA submission to OMAFRA's Farms Forever Consultation
(June 29, 2017)

OFA submission regarding proposed landfill gas Climate Change Cap and Trade program offset protocol
(June 16, 2017)

OFA letter supporting a proposed agri-food renewable natural gas for transportation demonstration program
(June 13, 2017)

OFA Pre-budget Submission 2017
(January 20, 2017)

OFA letter to Minister Thibeault regarding Ontario's Long Term Energy Plan
(December 15, 2016)


Additional Information

Producing Prosperity for Ontario
(November 1, 2017)

ROI: Rural Ontario Foresight Papers 2017
(October 26, 2017)

Rural Ontario Natural Gas Backgrounder
(October 4, 2016)

Priorities for Growing Agriculture in Ontario
(May 10, 2016)

Natural Gas Opportunities for Ontario
(November 3, 2014)


News

Fall agenda fills up with political priorities
(October 17, 2014 - Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation, Farm Property, Energy, Natural Gas Infrastructure, Agri-Skills Training)

Turning up the heat for natural gas expansion in rural Ontario
(March 15, 2013 - Energy, Natural Gas Infrastructure)

Natural gas infrastructure a priority for rural Ontarians, survey says
(May 10, 2013 - Rural Economic Development, Energy, Natural Gas Infrastructure)

Use constituency week to make your case for ag sector growth
(November 8, 2013 - Energy, Taxation, Property Assessment and Taxation, Natural Gas Infrastructure, Source Water Protection Framework and Assessment Tool )

OFA convention a time to celebrate successes and push forward
(November 22, 2013 - Property Assessment and Taxation, Open for Business , Local Food, Natural Gas Infrastructure)

OFA outlines top three political priorities for 2014
(January 3, 2014 - Open for Business , Natural Gas Infrastructure)

The provincial budget is now an election platform
(May 2, 2014 - Agri-Food Research, Education, Business Risk Management, Property Assessment and Taxation, Local Food, Natural Gas Infrastructure)

Infrastructure tops OFA focus in provincial budget
(July 18, 2014 - Rural Economic Development, Drainage, Natural Gas Infrastructure)

Agriculture needs access to affordable energy
(May 23, 2014 - Energy, Natural Gas Infrastructure)

Keeping key ag issues hot with government
(February 21, 2014 - Rural Economic Development, Open for Business , Natural Gas Infrastructure)

OFA partners with municipal representatives to improve rural infrastructure
(July 25, 2014 - Rural Economic Development, Drainage, Natural Gas Infrastructure)

Natural gas represents next big innovation
(October 31, 2014 - Energy, Natural Gas Infrastructure, Natural Gas Savings Calculator)

Bringing our message home to politicians
(October 11, 2013 - Open for Business , Local Food, Natural Gas Infrastructure)

Vote for agriculture on October 19
(October 2, 2015 - Rural Economic Development, Agri-Food Research, Energy, Business Risk Management, Natural Gas Infrastructure)

Natural gas: The OFA work plan
(May 20, 2016 - Energy, Natural Gas Infrastructure)

OFA committed to working with new provincial cabinet
(June 24, 2014 - Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation, Energy, Taxation, Property Assessment and Taxation, Local Food, Natural Gas Infrastructure, Food Literacy, Provincial Funding Transfers to Municipalities , Agri-Skills Training)

OFA crunches the numbers on issues for provincial budget
(January 16, 2015 - Rural Economic Development, Health Care, Education, Bioeconomy, Natural Gas Infrastructure, Provincial Funding Transfers to Municipalities )

Now’s the time to renew your OFA membership
(February 6, 2015 - Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation, Open for Business , Natural Gas Infrastructure, Climate Change)

Farm politics needs succession planning too
(March 21, 2014 - Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation, Natural Gas Infrastructure)

OFA ready to get to work with new government
(June 13, 2014 - Energy, Property Assessment and Taxation, Local Food, Natural Gas Infrastructure, Food Literacy, Provincial Funding Transfers to Municipalities , Agri-Skills Training)

OFA and provincial government cite growth as priority
(July 4, 2014 - Natural Gas Infrastructure, Food Literacy, Agri-Skills Training)

Building stronger communities through infrastructure investments
(February 13, 2015 - Rural Economic Development, Natural Gas Infrastructure, Natural Gas Savings Calculator)

OFA: Pounding the pavement for agriculture at Queen’s Park
(November 6, 2014 - Natural Gas Infrastructure)

OFA asks candidates to “Believe in Growing Ontario” with agriculture
(May 9, 2014 - Energy, Taxation, Property Assessment and Taxation, Natural Gas Infrastructure, Food Literacy, Provincial Funding Transfers to Municipalities , Agri-Skills Training)

Connecting with cabinet is first order of business
(June 26, 2014 - Wildlife & Wildlife Damage, Endangered Species, Natural Gas Infrastructure, Food Literacy)

OFA: Serve up ag issues to local politicians this summer
(June 19, 2015 - Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation, Energy, Natural Gas Infrastructure)

OFA hosts MPPs on the farm for Field Day event
(August 14, 2015 - Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation, Weed & Pest Management, Energy, Natural Gas Infrastructure)

OFA: It’s time to celebrate Ontario Ag Week
(September 30, 2016 - Rural Economic Development, Energy, Local Food, Natural Gas Infrastructure)

Federal budget gives nod to agriculture
(April 24, 2015 - Agri-Food Research, Business Risk Management, Natural Gas Infrastructure)

Provincial budget provides no relief for on-farm energy costs
(April 24, 2015 - Energy, Natural Gas Infrastructure)

OFA: Talking about agriculture with federal candidates
(August 7, 2015 - Rural Economic Development, Agri-Food Research, Business Risk Management, Telecommunications, Natural Gas Infrastructure)

OFA: Three things we want to see in the provincial budget
(January 22, 2016 - Water, Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation, Municipal Government, Rural Economic Development, Nutrient Management, Farm Property, Health Care, Farm Labour & Safety, Farm Finance, Taxation, Farm Income, Transportation, Open for Business , Local Food, Natural Gas Infrastructure, Food Literacy, Provincial Funding Transfers to Municipalities )

OFA takes top member concerns to politicians
(April 2, 2015 - Rural Economic Development, Agri-Food Research, Business Risk Management, Natural Gas Infrastructure)

Provincial budget promises “Jobs for Today and Tomorrow”
(February 26, 2016 - Municipal Government, Rural Economic Development, Energy, Property Assessment and Taxation, Natural Gas Infrastructure, Climate Change)

OFA advocacy update at the halfway point of the Liberal mandate
(June 17, 2016 - Water, Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation, Municipal Government, Rural Economic Development, Farm Property, Environmental, Energy, Waste Management, Wildlife & Wildlife Damage, Business Risk Management, Natural Gas Infrastructure, Climate Change)

Partnership pushes for natural gas across rural Ontario
(October 6, 2016 - Energy, Natural Gas Infrastructure)

How would you spend $15 billion?
(September 17, 2015 - Rural Economic Development, Energy, Natural Gas Infrastructure)

2016: An OFA year in review
(December 21, 2016 - Energy, Natural Gas Infrastructure)

OFA’s 2017 priorities line up with latest government mandate letters
(January 5, 2017 - Rural Economic Development, Weed & Pest Management, Energy, Waste Management, Open for Business , Natural Gas Infrastructure, Provincial Funding Transfers to Municipalities , Climate Change)

What agriculture needs in Ontario’s 2017 budget
(January 20, 2017 - Rural Economic Development, Energy, Business Risk Management, Natural Gas Infrastructure)

Working with ROMA for improved infrastructure in rural Ontario
(February 3, 2017 - Municipal Government, Rural Economic Development, Telecommunications, Property Assessment and Taxation, Drainage, Natural Gas Infrastructure, Provincial Funding Transfers to Municipalities )

Rural Ontario needs natural gas now
(November 4, 2016 - Energy, Natural Gas Infrastructure)

New investments announced for rural Ontario
(February 2, 2017 - Rural Economic Development, Natural Gas Infrastructure)

Solution to urban housing crunch lies outside the city
(April 20, 2017 - Rural Economic Development, Health Care, Energy, Education, Natural Gas Infrastructure)

New partnership announced to secure natural gas access in rural Ontario
(October 4, 2016 - Energy, Natural Gas Infrastructure)

Members talk ag growth on Parliament Hill
(March 17, 2017 - Energy, Transportation, Telecommunications, National Food Strategy®, Natural Gas Infrastructure, Climate Change)

OFA members speak up at AGM
(November 24, 2016 - Energy, Natural Gas Infrastructure, Climate Change)

OFA disappointed provincial budget does not grow agriculture
(April 28, 2017 - Rural Economic Development, Agri-Food Research, Environmental, Energy, Education, Business Risk Management, Transportation, Telecommunications, Income Tax, Property Assessment and Taxation, Drainage, Natural Gas Infrastructure, Provincial Funding Transfers to Municipalities , Climate Change)

MPPs spend a day on the farm with OFA
(August 11, 2017 - Water, Rural Economic Development, Environmental, Natural Gas Infrastructure, Minimum Wage)

OFA presents election theme during Ontario Ag Week
(October 6, 2017 - Rural Economic Development, Health Care, Energy, Education, Natural Gas Infrastructure)


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