The Department of Natural Resources Canada announced an investment of 6 million Canadian dollars (4.8 million US dollars) for the installation of six compressed natural gas (CNG) refuelling stations along the Trans-Canada Highway. The new refuelling stations will be deployed evenly across Ontario.
This investment expands the number of natural gas stations along major federally funded freight corridors to 22.
The stations will be located at existing gas stations in Redcliff, Alberta; Swift Current, Saskatchewan; and Prawda, Manitoba. In northern Ontario, the sites will be located at existing gas stations in Nipigon, Hearst and Cochrane.
The federal funding is provided through Natural Resources Canada's Natural Resources Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Deployment, which is investing to establish natural gas filling stations along key transportation routes.
These initiatives are part of Canada's strengthened climate plan, "A Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy", which proposes to further accelerate the adoption of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) through an additional C$150m ($119.11mn) for infrastructure and C$287m ($227.89mn) for purchase incentives for Canadians.
There are currently 34 CNG fueling stations in Canada open to the public.