Kenora Rainy-River MPP, Minister of Northern Development and Mines, Minister of Indigenous Affairs and Minister of Energy, Greg Rickford, has announced natural gas rate relief for families and businesses across the province.

Rickford announced that the Progressive Conservative party has removed the carbon tax from natural gas bills, which is expected to save families roughly $80 per year. The change is also expected to save small businesses roughly $285 per year, and will take effect on October 1.

“By cancelling the cap and trade carbon tax, we’re ensuring that Ontario families and businesses get real relief on their monthly energy bills. We promised to take action and put more money in your pocket. Promise made, promise kept!” said Rickford, during the announcement.

Rickford made the announcement in Milton, and was joined by Milton’s MPP Parm Gill and Ontario Premier Doug Ford.

"Your government is committed to giving real relief to people all across Ontario, and helping small businesses and job creators," said Ford. "Reducing energy costs and making them more transparent is a key part of this promise.”

The Ontario Energy Board has been notified to take immediate steps to remove the cost of the carbon tax by October 1.

The announcement comes after Rickford wrote to the OEB to outline the government’s expectations that natural gas utilities will remove the cost for consumers, and ensure that any over-collection of carbon tax is refunded back to families.

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