Energy poverty is defined as a lack of access to clean, reliable, and affordable energy.
- There is no legal standard for energy poverty in Canada
- The Toronto Environmental Alliance defines energy poverty as a household paying more than 10% of its income on home energy.
- Energy poverty, or the ability to access energy at all, is a major concern in Canada, especially for those remote from major urban areas.
There are environmental, social and economic concerns with the diesel generators that provide most of these communities with power. Intersection in nature is a problem, as the most disenfranchised communities are the ones often stuck in a cycle due to lack of affordable electricity. Many of the current diesel generators are approaching the end of their life, making it time for action for affordable, alternative energy sources.
Who is affected?
- Low-income households
- Off-grid remote communities
- Indigenous communities
Who is making change?
- Federal government
- Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs,
- Minister of Environment and Climate Change
- Minister of Natural Resources
- Provincial governments
- Energy companies
- Non-profit organisations
- Academic institutions
- Think tanks
What is being done now?
- The Federal Liberals have committed $50 million to helping Indigenous communities get off diesel