News - Utilities

March 31, 2014
Life in B.C. is about to get more expensive and advocates say it's the province's low-income seniors who will be hit the hardest. A number of rates affecting British Columbians are getting hiked,...
Keywords: Government Policy, Utilities, British Columbia
February 17, 2007
Nova Scotia's privately owned electric company is increasing the rates by about 4%. According to a CBC article, "Some have to choose between heating and eating as N.S. power rates go up again," (Link...
Keywords: Utilities, Nova Scotia
September 5, 2006
New "smart meters" being installed in some neighborhoods are supposed to encourage energy conservation by holding residents accountable for the amount of electricity they use, but because low-income...
Keywords: Utilities, Ontario
February 11, 2006
A coalition of anti-poverty groups pressure the Nova Scotia government to reduce the cost of utilities. Low income earners are living in substandard conditions due to the high cost of utilities....
Keywords: Utilities, Nova Scotia
January 8, 2006
The increased cost of fuel has made it difficult for Elders and low income earners of the Yukon's Kwantlen-Dun nation to pay their energy bills. The First Nation's Director of Finance is very...
Keywords: Indigenous, Utilities, Yukon
January 8, 2006
More people are having to use PEI's food bank for people with HIV and AIDS. It is argued that this is a response to the increased cost of fuel which has forced many people on social assistance to...
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, Utilities, Prince Edward Island
November 7, 2005
In response to the rise in energy costs, the Government of Canada has issued an Energy Cost Benefit to help low income families. More information on the Energy Cost Benefit is available on the...
Keywords: Utilities, All of Canada
October 3, 2005
As increasing engery costs are becoming a large strain on the poor, the National Anti-Poverty Organiztion (NAPO) is calling government, at all levels, to take action. The NAPO is concerned that...
Keywords: Utilities, All of Canada
May 4, 2004
"BC PIAC has prepared a new fact sheet for customers of Terasen Gas. It should be especially useful to advocates, and to lower income customers who have problems maintaining their gas service. The...
Keywords: Utilities, British Columbia
June 12, 2003
"The evidence also suggests that low income Canadians use payphones substantially more frequently than others, and are thus more reliant on payphone service than are higher income Canadians. It is...
Keywords: Organizing, Utilities, All of Canada
February 9, 2001
The British Columbia Utilities Commission has approved large rate increases for BC Gas customers in the Lower Mainland and the interior of the province starting January 1, 2001. These rate hikes will...
Keywords: Utilities, British Columbia
February 9, 2001
People with limited incomes face two huge barriers to obtaining telephone service with Telus – the connection fee and the requirement for a deposit. The BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre February...
Keywords: Utilities, British Columbia