OFA provides comments to the Standing Committee on General Government on Bill 32. Access to natural gas infrastructure for rural and remote communities, and for agricultural operations has been a goal for OFA for many years.
Clean, abundant and affordable natural gas is readily available to urban customers. However, with only 20% of rural Ontario serviced, expanding natural gas access across Ontario must be a provincial infrastructure priority.
Bill 32 is needed to enable natural gas expansion – a $1 to $2 monthly customer charge will enable rural, remote and northern expansions, including pipeline infrastructure, or compressed or liquid gas solutions where more appropriate.