Expansion of Natural Gas Distribution

Case number
Natural Gas

The Provincial Government has set out a goal of ensuring that Ontario consumers in communities that currently do not have access to natural gas are able to share in affordable supplies of natural gas.

The Minister of Energy has asked the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) to examine opportunities to facilitate enhanced access to natural gas for rural and remote communities and businesses in the province (read the Minister’s letter). The OEB is inviting parties with the appropriate financial and technical expertise to propose one or more plans for natural gas expansion.

In this context and depending on the nature and scope of any proposals made, the OEB is aware that regulatory flexibility may be required. The OEB will hear requests for regulatory flexibility or appropriate exemptions in the context of an application made for approvals pertaining to expansion portfolios and specific projects.

Date Issue / Document
November 11, 2015

The OEB has prepared a guideline document that is intended to assist new entrants interested in distributing natural gas in the province of Ontario. The document is intended as a high level and plain language summary and is not intended to replace the legislation, regulations and other instruments that are referenced throughout. Any action taking should be based on a review of the relevant legal instrument(s) and appropriate legal advice.

June 8, 2015

The OEB has posted a list of natural gas municipal franchises.

This table was prepared using information from third parties. It has not been independently verified by the OEB and is provided for convenience only. The table should not, therefore, be relied upon as legal advice. Please contact a municipality directly to determine what, if any, contractual arrangements may be in place in relation to gas distribution for that municipality.

March 31, 2015

The OEB has posted a report prepared by KPMG.

February 18, 2015

The OEB has issued a letter intended to promote the expansion of natural gas to rural and remote communities.