Burlington — Parm Gill, MPP for Milton, joined Todd Smith, Minister of Energy, local officials and Enbridge Gas in Burlington today to announce that approximately 103 homes and businesses in Cedar Springs will be able to connect to natural gas for the first time thanks to the province’s Natural Gas Expansion Program.

Under Phase 2 of the program, Ontario will allocate up to $2,517,260 to support new connections to the natural gas distribution system and help make life more affordable in Burlington area.

“Our government is making good on its promise to deliver affordable energy and expand natural gas pipelines to more communities, including ours in north Burlington,” said MPP Gill. “Access to natural gas will help more families and businesses find energy savings, while promoting economic development and job creation across our region.”

The Ontario government is expanding access to natural gas across the province to help keep the cost of energy low for families, businesses and farmers. Phase 2 of the Natural Gas Expansion Program will allocate more than $234 million to support approximately 8,750 connections in 43 rural, northern and Indigenous communities.

“As part of our government’s plan to make life more affordable, we are lowering energy costs for homes, businesses and farms across rural, remote and underserved communities,” said Minister Smith. “With Phase 2 of the Natural Gas Expansion program, we’re putting people first, bringing prosperity to their communities, and ensuring Ontario remains open for business.”

The average household could save between $250 to $1,500 per year in energy costs by switching to natural gas from costlier fuel sources. Businesses are expected to save up to 30 per cent per year on energy costs.

“The addition of Cedar Springs in the province’s Natural Gas Expansion Program is amazing news for the community. I want to thank the Hon. Parm Gill, Minister for Citizenship and Multiculturalism and Milton MPP, and the Government of Ontario for continuing to find affordable energy options to families and businesses in Cedar Springs. Not only will this expansion offer affordable energy to residents, it will help foster job creation in Halton Region. This commitment to making energy options more affordable and available is wonderful news and we look forward as the Natural Gas Expansion Program continues to broaden to even more areas of Ontario,” said Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward.

“We’re thrilled that through Ontario’s Natural Gas Expansion Program, Enbridge Gas will bring much needed and wanted natural gas in the most affordable way to more communities across Ontario, including this one,” said Cynthia Hansen, Executive Vice President & President, Gas Distribution & Storage, Enbridge Inc. “Natural gas is the most economic way to heat buildings and water, and we are excited to work with local officials and the community to move this project forward, so residents can benefit from the cost savings, and local businesses can be more competitive.”

Construction for projects under Phase 2 will begin as soon as this year, with all 28 expansion projects expected to be underway by the end of 2025.