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To: Minister Freeland and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Energy justice for those most in need
Unaffordable energy bills mean people must decide between paying for utilities or groceries. These growing affordability concerns are leaving families and individuals with a series of impossible choices: energy bills, food for their families, housing costs, or transportation.
Energy efficiency upgrades are a proven way to lower energy bills. Energy efficiency creates good jobs, reduces energy waste, offers protection from cold and extreme weather events, and plays a critical role in achieving Canada’s climate goals.
Existing federal programs remove financial barriers for middle and upper-income Canadians looking to make their homes more energy efficient. But existing program gaps are leaving millions of low-income families behind because they require an upfront investment, and private market renters are still excluded.
The federal government could provide rapid relief to low-income Canadians struggling with home energy costs.
We, the undersigned, urge you to invest in low-income energy efficiency in the 2024 Federal budget.
Why is this important?
More than 4.5 million Canadians — often those who need it most — are left out of Canada’s federal energy efficiency programs.
The federal government has strong public support for expanding low-income energy efficiency. According to polling conducted by Abacus Data for Efficiency Canada, 72% of Canadians either strongly support or support government funding toward energy efficiency for low-income housing. This support spans across rural and urban populations, owners and renters, all income groups, voters for all political parties and in all regions .
Canada will not meet its net-zero emissions goal without upgrading the buildings where low-income Canadians live. Without a national federal energy efficiency solution, low-income Canadians are vulnerable to rising energy costs due to inflation and carbon taxes. As Canada moves to net-zero emissions, higher income Canadians will be able to escape fossil fuels, leaving lower income Canadians with the burden of paying higher costs for fossil fuel distribution networks .
We have a chance to achieve this in the 2024 federal budget – but we must act quickly. Budget negotiations are happening right now.
 Efficiency Canada, Written Submission for the Pre-Budget Consultations in Advance of the Upcoming Federal Budget, Sept 2022, https://www.efficiencycanada.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/Efficiency-Canada-submission-to-Budget-2023-consultations.pdf