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Register now for the 2018 LIEN annual conference

Register now for the 2018 LIEN annual conference, "Ensuring Universal Access to Energy", which will be held in Toronto!  

Date: Friday, May 4, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: 63 Gould Street, Oakham House, Ryerson University, Thomas Lounge (ground floor)

Let’s come together to share solutions, common challenges, and to celebrate our successes in helping low-income consumers meet their home energy needs.

Do you know what the Fair Hydro Plan is? Are you overwhelmed by the acronyms? Do you want to know what OESP, LEAP EFA, HAP, and CHPI stand for and how they may be able to assist you or your client to meet their energy needs?

Come to the LIEN annual conference to find out:
 
• Why electricity prices are rising
• Where to obtain  information on free energy conservation and efficiency retrofit programs to help you lower your electricity and gas bills
• How to apply for financial assistance to help you pay for your electricity and gas bills
• Energy as an aspect of the right to housing
 
Leave with an enhanced awareness and understanding of existing energy assistance and conservation programs.

We hope that the conference results in new and increased collaboration, new approaches, and improved practices across the province.

This event is open to anyone with an interest in reducing energy poverty in Ontario, including:
• Community legal clinic staff
• Social service agencies
• Frontline service providers
• Low-income advocates
• Anti-poverty groups
• Utility representatives
• Government decision-makers

 
Click on the link to view the DRAFT AGENDA

There is no registration fee for this conference and a gluten-free vegetarian lunch will be provided, but we ask that you register as soon as possible so that we can order the right amount of food. Space is limited. Preference will be given to those who register by April 27, 2018.
 

Registration is now closed

Register now for the 2017 LIEN annual conference

Register now for the 2017 LIEN annual conference, “Shedding Light on Ontario’s Energy Sector”, which will be held in Kingston this year! The event will be hosted by The Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul.

Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Confederation Place Hotel, 237 Ontario Street, Kingston

What:
An energy literacy conference that will provide you with the foundational information necessary to build knowledge, insight and understanding of essential energy issues that affect your everyday life.

Why:
To empower low-income communities by giving them the tools to engage more effectively with policymakers on energy issues that affect them.

Come to the LIEN annual conference to find out:

• Why electricity prices are rising and Ontario’s Fair Hydro Plan
• How to understand your electricity bill
• Where to obtain information on free energy conservation and efficiency programs to help you lower your electricity and gas bills
• How to apply for financial assistance to help you pay for your electricity and gas bills

 

There is no registration fee for this conference and lunch will be provided, but we ask that you register as soon as possible so that we can order the right amount of food. Space is limited. Preference will be given to those who register by May 7, 2017.

FINAL AGENDA

Bus tickets to and from the Confederation Place Hotel will be generously provided by the Kingston Community Health Centres.

Registration is now closed.

 

CELA Recommends Significant Changes to the Long-Term Energy Plan In Light of the Climate Change Action Plan

The Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA), a member of LIEN's steering committee, and Greenpeace Canada recommend the Province make significant changes to the scope, focus, flexibility, and values of the next Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP) if it hopes to successfully implement the Climate Change Action Plan.

Conference Materials for 2016 LIEN annual conference - Toronto

"Meeting the challenges of energy affordability"

Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Location: 63 Gould Street, Toronto, Oakham House, Ryerson University, Thomas Lounge

CONFERENCE MATERIALS


Conference kit

Final Agenda for LIEN 2016 conference

Description of LIEN and its work - 2016

Acronyms 2016

Speaker biographies 2016

List of participants 2016

Evaluation Form 2016

 

Presentations

LIEN advocacy update: Mary Todorow (Advocacy Centre for TenantsOntario/LIEN)

LEAP Energy Financial Assistance and new Ontario Electricity Support Program: Donna Kinapen (Ontario Energy Board)

Social service agency perspective on the OESP: Mary Ann Proulx (Citizens for Affordable Housing, York Region), Maria Sowka (COSTI Immigrant Services)

Ontario Climate Policy through a Climate Justice Lens: Barbora Grochalova (Canadian Environmental Law Association)

2016 saveONenergy HOME ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (HAP) update: Katie Fotheringham (Independent Electricity System Operator)

2016 Low Income Energy Efficiency Program Offerings: Erika Lontoc & Jennifer Cittadini (Enbridge Gas Distribution)

Union Gas Low Income Program Overview: Margaret Nuttall (Union Gas Limited)

Low Income Conservation Programs - a market perspective: Tom Wynn (GreenSaver)

 

Register now for the 2016 LIEN annual conference!

Registration is now open for the LIEN annual conference, “Meeting the challenges of energy affordability”.

Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Location: 63 Gould Street, Thomas Lounge (ground floor), Oakham House, Ryerson University, Toronto

What:
A gathering for social service agencies, low-income and affordable housing advocates, environmental organizations, anti-poverty groups, community legal clinics, and representatives from government agencies and utility companies, to share information and updates on current low-income energy programs, such as:

• The new Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP)
• Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) Emergency Financial Assistance (EFA)
• saveONenergy HOME ASSISTANCE PROGRAM offered by electric utilities
• Low-income weatherization retrofit programs offered by gas utilities
 
There is no registration fee for this conference and lunch will be provided, but we ask that you register as soon as possible so that we can order the right amount of food. If, after registering, you are unable to attend, please let us know immediately so that we may cancel your food order without charge (especially if you have dietary restrictions, for which we are being charged extra).

Space is limited. Preference will be given to those who register by March 15, 2016.


Conference Materials for 2015 LIEN annual conference - Toronto

"Closing the Gap on Energy Affordability"

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Harbourfront Community Centre, Dance Studio, 627 Queens Quay West (corner Bathurst St), Toronto


CONFERENCE MATERIALS


Conference kit

Final Agenda for LIEN 2015 conference

Description of LIEN and its work - 2015

Acronyms 2015

Speaker biographies 2015

List of participants 2015

Evaluation Form 2015


Presentations

LIEN’s journey to completing its energy poverty strategy: Mary Todorow (Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario/LIEN) & Roger Colton (Fisher Sheehan & Colton)

Discussing the Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) & the new Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP): Brian Hewson (Ontario Energy Board)

Ensuring a holistic approach to Emergency Financial Assistance (EFA) delivery: Gladys Wong (Neighbourhood Information Post/LIEN) & Jennifer Lopinski (A Place Called Home/LIEN)

Panel discussion on integrated delivery of utility low-income conservation programs across the province:  Katie Fotheringham (IESO), Mike Mulqueen (Toronto Hydro), Erika Lontoc & Jennifer Cittadini (Enbridge Gas Distribution), Margaret Nuttall (Union Gas Limited)

Register now for the 2015 LIEN annual conference!

Registration is now open for the LIEN annual conference, "Closing the Gap on Energy Affordability".


Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Harbourfront Community Centre, Dance Studio, 627 Queens Quay West (corner Bathurst St), Toronto


What:
A gathering for social service agencies, low-income and affordable housing advocates, environmental organizations, anti-poverty groups, community legal clinics, and representatives from government agencies and utility companies, to share information on low-income energy issues such as:


• The establishment of an electricity affordability program for low-income Ontarians
• Evaluating and improving the Ontario Energy Board's Low-Income Energy Assistance Program
• Reducing bills and pollution through energy conservation programs for low-income consumers
There is no registration fee for this conference and lunch will be provided, but we ask that you register as soon as possible so that we can order the right amount of food. Space is limited. Preference will be given to those who register by April 9, 2015.

DRAFT AGENDA

Registration is now closed.

LIEN annual conference 2014 - Toronto

"Celebrating a Decade of Low-Income Energy Advocacy"

Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location: Harbourfront Community Centre, Dance Studio, 627 Queens Quay West (corner Bathurst St), Toronto

CONFERENCE MATERIALS

Conference kit

Final Agenda for LIEN 2014 conference

Description of LIEN and its work - 2014

Acronyms 2014

Speaker biographies 2014

List of participants 2014

Evaluation Form 2014

Presentations

Addressing energy poverty in Ontario - LIEN's decade of advocacy - Mary Todorow (ACTO) & Theresa McClenaghan (CELA)

OPA saveONenergy Home Assistance Program - Jen Atkinson (Windfall Centre) & Kai Millyard (GCC)

Enbridge Gas low-income programs - Erika Lontoc & Jennifer Cittadini

Union Gas low-income programs - Priyanka Gupta

Review of the OEB's low-income programs - Jennifer Lopinski (APCH)

Who's Doing What - Changes to energy assistance programs and why it matters - Jennefer Laidley (ISAC)

Register now for the 2014 LIEN annual conference!

Registration is now open for the LIEN annual conference, "Celebrating a Decade of Low-Income Energy Advocacy".

Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Harbourfront Community Centre, Dance Studio, 627 Queens Quay West (corner Bathurst St), Toronto

What:
A gathering for social service agencies, low-income and affordable housing advocates, environmental organizations, anti-poverty groups, community legal clinics, and representatives from government agencies and utility companies, to celebrate our successes in the past 10 years and plan for future action on low-income energy issues such as:

  • Rising electricity prices and the establishment of a low-income rate affordability program
  • Evaluating and improving the Ontario Energy Board's Low-Income Energy Assistance Program
  • Reducing bills and pollution through energy conservation programs for low-income consumers

There is no registration fee for this conference and lunch will be provided, but we ask that you register as soon as possible so that we can order the right amount of food. Space is limited. Preference will be given to those who register by March 18, 2014.

Draft agenda for LIEN 2014 conference

Registration is now closed.

LIEN annual conference 2013 - Toronto

Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Harbourfront Community Centre, Dance Studio, 627 Queens Quay West (corner Bathurst St), Toronto

CONFERENCE MATERIALS
Conference kit

Final Agenda for 2013 LIEN annual conference

Description of LIEN and its work

Acronyms

Speaker biographies

List of Participants

Evaluation Form

Presentations

Keynote address - Rosemarie T Leclair, OEB

LIEN advocacy activities update - Mary Todorow

Proposal for a low-income energy affordability program - Roger Colton

Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) - Rachel Anderson, OEB

Climate change and low-income communities - Theresa McClenaghan, CELA

OPA saveONenergy Home Assistance Program - Lenard Hart, GreenSaver

Enbridge Gas low-income progrmas - Jennifer Cittadini

Union Gas low-income programs - Julia Hummel

Toronto's Tower Renewal Initiative - Aderonke Akande

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