Gas, RED moves lauded

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Two ru­ral-friendly govern­ment pro­grams are be­ing praised as big boons for coun­try com­mu­ni­ties.

On­tario is pro­vid­ing $100 mil­lion for the new Nat­u­ral Gas Grant Pro­gram, part of the prov­ince’s Mov­ing On­tario For­ward plan. Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties will be able to work with util­i­ties and nat­u­ral gas dis­trib­u­tors to bring for­ward pro­pos­als un­der a com­pet­i­tive in­take process.

Ob­serves On­tario Fed­er­a­tion of Agri­cul­ture Pres­i­dent Keith Cur­rie: “Nat­u­ral gas is the most im­por­tant in­vest­ment that will give ru­ral On­tar­i­ans, in­clud­ing farms and busi­nesses, the com­pet­i­tive edge to drive growth. OFA looks for­ward to work­ing with the govern­ment to de­velop a real pro­gram to se­cure nat­u­ral gas ac­cess through­out ru­ral On­tario. This will re­quire a longer term com­mit­ment to ru­ral in­vest­ment and we’re work­ing to make this hap­pen.”

RED money

The fed­er­a­tion also lauds the re­newed Ru­ral Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment (RED) pro­gram, which will pro­vide $5 mil­lion in fund­ing ev­ery year to sup­port com­mu­nity eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, back­ing lo­cal ini­tia­tives to en­able ru­ral mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and part­ners to di­ver­sify and grow their lo­cal economies.

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