Energy poverty, defined as households spending more than 10 percent of their income on energy expenditures, is a prevalent issue affecting about one fifth of residents in Ontario. It is caused by economic and social conditions, as well as a lack of energy efficiency. A number of solutions and proposals are being presented at the local, provincial and federal levels to reduce the suffering of energy poverty; however a comprehensive plan has not been put into effect. This reflects a lack of public awareness regarding the issue, as well as an unwillingness to accept access to energy as a basic human right for all Canadians. A comprehensive plan needs to be devised to help combat the roots of energy poverty, and to provide a structured plan of assistance to those in need. Reactive approaches to alleviating energy poverty will not help to reduce the problem.
Forbes Cairney, Kristen Meredith
"Energy Poverty as Ideological Poverty in Canada,"
Esurio: Journal of Hunger and Poverty:
1, Article 4.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.mcmaster.ca/esurio/vol1/iss1/4