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Tackling Energy Poverty

For many Canadian households, limited and insufficient incomes can make meeting
basic costs for food, clothing, and utilities very challenging. In Canada, heat is essential
for a safe and healthy home. Nonetheless, the struggles many Canadians face in an
effort to cope with high energy bills have become very evident in the media and in
reports from utility companies themselves. Those challenges will only increase for
consumers as utilities in many Canadian jurisdictions address the costs of aging
infrastructure and expansion, and as governments move toward carbon taxation.
The Manitoba branch of the Consumers’ Association of Canada (CAC Manitoba),
through the generous support of the Office of Consumer Affairs, undertook research to
examine the complex, interdisciplinary issue of energy poverty in Canada, and the
efficiency, effectiveness, and accessibility of programs designed to help consumers pay
their bills.

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