Guelph: Another Free Ride for Enbridge?

We’ve unearthed another way Enbridge is getting a free ride right here in Guelph. It’s literally under our feet. Every day.

Enbridge pays little to use the City owned public property (under our roads and other land) to run their pipelines. All other utilities using city land like: cable, phone, fiber optic, water, sewage, Alectra/Guelph Hydro, provide more compensation to the City for the use of that land.

Meanwhile we the taxpayers are subsidizing Enbridge.

Ironically, that’s not the case in Alberta, Saskatchewan, BC, Manitoba or Nova Scotia. But this is the situation throughout Ontario.

If we charged Enbridge similar fees to some of the other municipalities we could potentially bring in yearly revenue between $4,000,000 and $9,000,000 per year (see note 1).

Imagine what we could do with that money to fight climate change and social justice in Guelph.

There’s much to learn on this issue and we’d like to work with the City to dig deeper and understand how we can take advantage of this opportunity.

In the meantime we’ll be hosting Dianne Saxe, Toronto City Councillor and former Environmental Commissioner who is leading the charge on this issue in that city.

Councillor Saxe will be joining us virtually

Dianne Saxe, Toronto City Councillor
7:00 pm Wednesday May 29
On Zoom

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Note 1 – This figures were calculated by eMERGE using the formulas that are referred to in the Ottawa-Fair Payment For-Profit Gas Utilities use of City Property communicationfile-177656 

Background

Toronto mulls ending Enbridge’s free pass (March 15, 2024)

Councillor Dianne Saxe Recomendation to Toronto City Council (February 15, 2024) Requiring fair payment from for-profit gas utilities for use of city property

Clean Air Partnership Re: IE11.8 – Requiring Fair Payment from For-Profit Gas Utilities for Use of City Property

Toronto City Council Consideration: IE11.8 – Requiring Fair Payment from For-Profit Gas Utilities for Use of City Property

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Note: this item is a separate Enbridge issue. This link is provided for context only:

Guelph City Council Supports residents not Enbridge – (March 14, 2024) The community was successful at getting the City to pass a motion urging the provincial government to end subsidies for gas hookups for new homes.

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Guelph, ON N1H 3A2
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eMERGE Guelph fights climate change by energizing the community to achieve 100% renewable energy as soon as possible.

42 Carden Street, 
Guelph, ON N1H 3A2
[email protected]
519-763-2652 

eMERGE Guelph fights climate change by energizing the community to achieve 100% renewable energy as soon as possible.

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