The Canadian Gas Association (CGA), the voice of Canada’s natural gas delivery industry, has launched fuellingcanadaseconomy.ca, a microsite highlighting the industry’s priorities and recommendations to support Canada on its path to economic recovery. It comes at an important time for Canada as we navigate next steps for our economy and communities.
This microsite includes the industry’s recommendations to stakeholders for partnerships that can help kickstart economic recovery, as well as a comprehensive list of almost 70 high-quality energy, infrastructure and cleantech projects. These projects will create new jobs, advance Canadian cleantech and support meaningful emission reductions across the country.
“Canada’s natural gas utilities are based in communities right across the country,” said Timothy M. Egan, President and CEO of the Canadian Gas Association. “From coast to coast, our members are dedicated to delivering the affordable and reliable energy that Canadians have come to depend on daily, both at home and at work. The industry is excited about these proposed projects and the benefits they will provide to all Canadians. Our plan helps reduce emissions and advances the development of renewable gas projects – consistent with the priorities identified in the Speech from the Throne.”
Fuellingcanadaseconomy.ca represents an industry investment of $11.4 billion and would create more than 3,000 jobs. These projects fall into four categories:
- Renewable gases (including hydrogen and renewable natural gas)
- Green retrofits
- Alternative transportation fuels
- Infrastructure and liquefied natural gas (LNG)
As we look for opportunities to support Canadian communities after the unprecedented impacts of COVID-19 and the lockdowns, the natural gas delivery industry believes that developing partnerships is essential. CGA and its members have outlined recommendations on the microsite for partnerships that will kickstart this economic activity.
CGA noted the Speech from the Throne‘s emphasis on the benefits of energy efficiency and green retrofits. Canada’s natural gas utilities have more than two decades of valuable experience in these areas, and the sector spends more than $250 million per year on retrofit measures for customers.
CGA looks forward to working with government on renewable gases including hydrogen and renewable natural gas. Renewable gases will be an essential part of any serious effort to achieve aggressive emission reduction targets.
Canadian families and businesses are seeking more ways to balance their budgets and natural gas is unmatched in its affordability and reliability. Our natural gas utilities are community partners – dedicated to delivering affordable, reliable and clean energy across the country. Learn more about Canada’s natural gas delivery industry and its work to support the country’s economic recovery, by visiting CGA’s microsite, here: www.fuellingcanadaseconomy.ca.
The Canadian Gas Association is the voice of Canada’s natural gas delivery industry. Its membership includes natural gas distribution and transmission companies, equipment manufacturers, and suppliers to the industry. Our utility members are active in eight provinces and two territories and meet 35 per cent of Canadians’ energy needs through a network of more than 566,000 kilometers of underground infrastructure. This infrastructure can also be used to deliver renewable gases including renewable natural gas and hydrogen, in order to contribute to Canada’s greenhouse gas emission reductions. Today, over approximately two-thirds of Canadians rely on natural gas for clean, affordable and reliable heating and power.
Director of Communications
Canadian Gas Association