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LIEN regional workshop - Ottawa

SAVING ENERGY: A TENANT ACTION WORKSHOP

This free workshop offers great networking opportunities, activities, and an inside peek at how tenants can take the lead to save energy, money, and make their neighbourhoods a better place to live! The workshop is led by Toronto Environmental Alliance, supported by LIEN, and hosted by Nepean, Rideau and Osgoode Community Resource Centre

What to expect

  • Get inspired by real-life examples of how tenants have successfully run their own energy conservation programs.
  • Learn step-by-step how you could kick-start your own energy conservation program.
  • Collect ideas, advice, tools, and resources to help you along the way.
  • Participate…

LIEN Currents, Summer 2008 issue

Summer 2008 issue

The impact of smart sub-metering on low-income tenants

LIEN is very concerned about the impact of smart submetering on housing affordability for low-income tenants who right now pay for electricity in their rent and already struggle to pay for other basic necessities such as food, clothing, transportation and medicine.

Having utilities included in rent is a fundamental and valuable term in residential rental contracts, providing tenants with some degree of certainty with respect to expected costs in order to make crucial household budget decisions.

People on social assistance, single-parent families, the elderly, visible minorities, immigrants and persons with disabilities are all over-represented in the population of low-income tenants. They are particularly vulnerable to increases…

Affordable energy and the Ontario Poverty Reduction Strategy

The Ontario government has committed to developing a Poverty Reduction Strategy by the end of 2008. A series of government consultations were held across the province in May and June, and Ontarians were invited to submit ideas and comments either through the government's website at www.growingstronger.ca, or by fax or regular mail.

LIEN believes that the province's poverty reduction plan and its long-term affordable housing strategy must both address energy poverty. The LIEN submission to the Cabinet Committee on Poverty Reduction recommended…

Saving Energy: The 6-Step Guide to Tenant Action

LIEN is pleased to announce a great new resource called "Saving Energy: The 6-Step Guide to Tenant Action"!  This Guide was written for people like you who want to help tenants save energy and money. Offering a simple 6-step approach to get neighbourhoods organized and working towards common goals, the Guide can help kick start tenant-led energy conservation activities and more.  In this Guide you will find key advice every 'Step' of the way, examples and tips based on lessons learned from real-world experiences, and a helpful 'Info & Ideas' resource section at the end.

This Guide, written by the Toronto Environmental Alliance, is part of a 3-part project in partnership with LIEN to provide resources, workshops, and program opportunities…

Energy Poverty Fact Sheet

Compelling statistics, compiled by LIEN, that illustrate the disproportionate energy burden facing low-income energy consumers.

Energy Poverty Fact Sheet (updated June 2008)

LIEN Currents, Spring 2008 issue

Spring 2008 issue

Victory at Divisional Court - But low-income energy consumers still face fight for affordable rates

Today, the Divisional Court sided with low-income Ontarians to rule that "the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) has the jurisdiction to establish a rate affordability assistance program for low-income consumers."

The Low-Income Energy Network (LIEN)'s representatives Mary Truemner, Acting Director of Legal Services with the legal aid clinic the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario, and co-counsel Paul Manning of Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP were pleased that the Court declared that "to further the objective of protecting 'the interests of consumers' this could mean taking into account income levels and pricing to achieve the delivery of affordable energy to low income consumers ½".  They were cautious, however, in responding to…

2006 Ontario statistics on heating equipment by income quintile

Custom tabulation for the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario and the Income Security Advocacy Centre from SURVEY OF HOUSEHOLD SPENDING 2006; DWELLING CHARACTERISTICS AND HOUSEHOLD EQUIPMENT BY HOUSEHOLD INCOME QUINTILE, ONTARIO, 2006. STATISTICS CANADA, INCOME STATISTICS DIVISION, CUSTOM TABULATION* (FEBRUARY 26, 2008)

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2006 Ontario statistics on appliances by income quintile

Custom tabulation for the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario and the Income Security Advocacy Centre from SURVEY OF HOUSEHOLD SPENDING 2006; DWELLING CHARACTERISTICS AND HOUSEHOLD EQUIPMENT BY HOUSEHOLD INCOME QUINTILE, ONTARIO, 2006. STATISTICS CANADA, INCOME STATISTICS DIVISION, CUSTOM TABULATION* (FEBRUARY 26, 2008)

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Low-Income Energy Network (LIEN)
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425 Adelaide Street W
Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3C1
Phone: 416-597-5855 ext. 5167
Toll-free: 1-866-245-4182 ext. 5167
Fax: 416-597-5821
Email: info@lowincomeenergy.ca