Gas, RED moves lauded
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.”
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.