Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP Graydon Smith was on-hand to mark a “new milestone” in Burk’s Falls.
The province’s natural gas expansion into the community was completed. It’s part of the second phase of the province’s natural gas expansion program.
“Congratulations to the first 11 customers whose natural gas meters are now officially spinning and who are receiving access to natural gas to help lower emissions and their energy costs,” said Smith. “I’m excited about the long-term benefits of this new infrastructure delivered by our government and Enbridge Gas, and the new economic opportunities it will bring to our local community.”
The expansion into Burk’s Falls was first announced in June 2021 by Smith’s predecessor Norm Miller. The province pledged $1,237,071 to connect 41 homes in Burk’s Falls to natural gas.
“In small communities, they need these kinds of opportunities, too,” adds Smith. “When we talk about community growth opportunities all too often are about larger communities. We know that in this riding we have a lot of small communities that want to see these benefits.”
Minister of Energy Todd Smith says the average household could save up to 60 percent on energy costs a year with change while businesses could save up to 30 percent.
“This is great news for local families and businesses,” said Smith. “Making progress on projects like this one shows that our government is fulfilling its commitments to keep costs down while making rural communities more attractive for job creation and economic growth.”
Through phases one and two of the natural gas program, provincial officials say more than $360 million has been invested to help expand access in 59 communities across Ontario. They add that because of “overwhelming interest” from other communities, the province is working on implementing a third phase of the program.
Smith says he’s not sure what the future of the expansion project holds in Parry Sound-Muskoka. “I think communities and residents would love to have the opportunity that the people of Burk’s Falls are getting,” he says.