Pathway Out of Energy Poverty in Northern
22 March 2023
Recommendation 4: The funding model for the LEAP-EFA should be reviewed to ensure that funds for the program are not depleted before the end of the year in any area of the province. [...] ISSUE 1: Distribution and Transmission Costs and the Rural-Urban Divide Historically, distribution and transmission costs for electricity in Northern Ontario were significantly higher than in Southern Ontario because of an Ontario Energy Board policy decision to charge for distribution and transmission of electricity based on population density.12 The Low-Income Energy Network disputes the fairnes. [...] Recommendation 3: The Ontario Energy Board should make permanent its expansion of the LEAP-EFA program to allow families to seek assistance more than once per year, to be eligible when in arrears, and to receive up to $1000 for natural gas and $1200 for electricity. [...] Recommendation 4: The funding model for the LEAP-EFA program should be reviewed to ensure that funds for the program are not depleted before the end of the year in any area of the province. [...] 30 Pathway Out of Energy Poverty in Northern Ontario Conclusions Energy poverty in Northern Ontario must be met with a policy response that accounts for the real circumstances of people living in Northern Ontario: in the way people consume energy, the sources of energy available, the high cost of energy, and the impact of high energy costs o.