Our Senior Analyst, Maryam Rezaei, recently spoke to Nora Young at the CBC Radio show, Spark, to discuss energy poverty and policy in Canada. For those who are unfamiliar with the term ‘energy poverty’, it can be broadly defined as households who spend a disproportionate amount of their income on household energy needs such as electricity, heating, and cooling.
Readers may think that this is an uncommon problem, however Maryam’s research states that in Canada 21 percent of household’s experience energy poverty. If you break that down this figure translates into 2.8 million households. This means the cost of basic utilities is too high for 21% of households in Canada.
Maryam discusses the effects and problems this causes in First Nation communities, and suggests some possible solutions in the article below.