Energy Policy to
Serve Low-Income Households
John D. Claxton, Gerald J. Gorn, and Charles B. Wienberg
This chapter analyzes a broad range of data with the purpose of describing energy related problems facing low-income Canadians. Low income is analyzed in terms of the Statistics Canada low-income cut-off (LICO). In addition, the analysis looked for differences between retired and employed low-income households. The analysis indicates that low-income households are not able to cut back in-home energy expenses to match incomes, but automobile-related expenses are cut drastically. All low-income households report doing many energy conservation activities with the retired being more successful than the employed in terms of reducing their energy expenses. The final sections discuss implications for energy prices, efficiency standards, retrofit subsidies, and information programs.
Low-income families in Canada have recently been described as "Canada's Forgotten Poor." 1 Whether or not this
The authors would like to acknowledge the financial support for this research that was provided by Consumer & Corporate Affairs Canada.