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EPCOR has applied to the Ontario Energy Board for an order amending its existing certificate of public convenience and necessity for the Township of South-West Oxford to include areas around Mount Elgin Road and McBeth Road. EPCOR states that the amendment will authorize it to construct, connect, and provide natural gas service to the businesses identified in the application and additional residential customers. Enbridge Gas Inc. currently holds a certificate of public convenience and necessity for the requested areas.

The Ontario Energy Board will hold a Public Hearing

The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) will hold a public hearing to consider EPCOR's application. At the end of this hearing, the OEB will decide whether to grant EPCOR's request.

The OEB is an independent and impartial public agency. We make decisions that serve the public interest. Our goal is to promote a financially viable and efficient energy sector that provides you with reliable energy services at a reasonable cost.

Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity

In order to distribute natural gas in Ontario, a person must comply with the requirements of the Municipal Franchises Act (Act). This Act requires that a person that intends to distribute natural gas within a municipality must first receive approval from the OEB, in the form of a certific ate of public convenience and necessity (certificate). Where the OEB has issued a certificate for an area but there is currently no natural gas distribution service, another person can apply for a certificate to serve that area.

Be Informed and Have your Say

You have the right to information regarding this application and to be involved in the process.

  • You can review the application filed by EPCOR on the OEB's website now.
  • You can file a letter with your comments, which will be considered during the hearing.
  • You can become an active participant (called an intervenor). Apply by December 7, 2020 or the hearing will go ahead without you and you will not receive any further notice of the proceeding.
  • At the end of the process, review the OEB's decision and its reasons on our website.

The OEB does not intend to provide for an award of costs for this hearing.

Learn more

Our file number for this case is EB-2020-0232. To learn more about this hearing, find instructions on how to file letters or become an intervenor, or to access any document related to this case, please enter the file number EB-2020-0232 on the OEB website. You can also phone our Public Information Center at 1 (877) 632-2727 with any questions.

Oral vs. Written hearing

There are two types of OEB hearings – oral and written. The OEB intends to proceed with this application by way of a written hearing. If you think an oral hearing is needed, you can write to the OEB to explain why by December 7, 2020.


If you write a letter of comment, your name and the content of your letter will be put on the public record and the OEB website. However, your personal telephone number, home address and email address will be removed. If you are a business, all your information will remain public. If you apply to become an intervenor, all information will be public.

This hearing will be held under section 8 of the Municipal Franchises Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.M.55