Energy poverty rising in Canada

Fraser Institute says increasing cost of electricity, heat and gasoline hitting low-income households hardest

A new study by the Fraser Institute says the rising cost of electricity is increasing energy poverty in Canada, with more than one million households now spending more than 10% of their incomes solely on electricity and home heating fuel.

The fiscally conservative think-tank says these 1,086,860 households in 2013 — the last year for which statistics are available — represent 7.9% of all households, an increase of 9.4% since 2010, when the number was 7.2%.

When the cost of a third necessity for most families — gasoline — is added in, the number of households in energy poverty soars to 2,678,293, or almost one in five, at 19.4%.


Justin Trudeau's Other Mommy Kathleen WynneThese two greedy bastards are determined to impoverish everyone.

  • Reader

    Well somebody has to pay for all those Green Energy Jobs™ that went to well-heeled Liberals and Liberal-connected companies.

  • SDMatt

    Just because I’m a mom doesn’t mean I care.

    You spelled “man” wrong.

  • David Murrell

    One of the best kept secrets — hidden by our pro-Liberal media — is that green taxes are very regressive, taxes that hit the poor and working-poor the hardest. It will be difficult getting this message out.

    • It is very clear, but the poor and the soon to be poor do not yet have their Trump Canadiana.

      Soon they will.

  • Ron MacDonald

    Just saying…

    • He was right.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        Except, he was the cause of Dearbornistan.

  • john700

    Due to the high cost of electricity in Ontario, more and more landlords are now charging hydro separately, on top of the rent. And that, obviously, impacts poor people.

  • tom_billesley

    Greens will see no problem expecting Canada to use the same amount of energy per person as a much smaller country in a more temperate climate, say Bermuda.

  • Oracle9

    10 percent? Try about 30 percent unless of course you’re making $60K, an income many don’t even come close to making!

    That’s why I retch every time I hear that jerk’s voice spouting about “pricing carbon” as he jet-sets around the world taking selfies, touting “Canada’s back”, giving our hard-earned money to the OIC (UN), to Indonesia, etc. etc. etc.

    The Canadian public is getting the shaft.