Winter Warmth Program

Winter Warmth Program

December 01, 2008 10:00 ET

Winter Warmth Program Expands Its Reach With Growing Utility Support

More than 3,300 Ontario families will receive funding to stay warm this winter

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 1, 2008) - Today the United Way and its Winter Warmth utility supporters announced the launch of the 2008-2009 program and welcomed three new utilities on board - Burlington Hydro, Horizon Utilities and Veridian Connections Inc. These utilities join Enbridge Gas Distribution, Enersource Hydro Mississauga, Hydro Ottawa, PowerStream, Toronto Hydro and Union Gas Limited in their efforts to spread warmth during the winter season.

Winter Warmth is an initiative that helps families in need with their energy bills during the cold winter months. The program is coordinated by a network of more than 40 community agencies through the United Way and funded by participating utility companies.

"We are thrilled by the continued success and expansion of the Winter Warmth Program across Ontario," said Manny Sousa, Chair of the Winter Warmth Steering Committee. "This year the support of three more utilities means that Winter Warmth will be able to reach out to more families and individuals in need and underlines the important role this program plays in communities across the Province."

Last year the Winter Warmth Program provided energy assistance grants totaling more than $780,000 to 2200 eligible households, an increase of 48% over the previous year. The total funds available this year are $1.2 million dollars. More than 6,000 families have received assistance since the program's launch in 2004.

How the Fund Works

Families and individuals needing financial assistance to pay their heating and hydro bills can find information about Winter Warmth at their nearest community agency participating in the program.

Burlington Hydro, Enbridge Gas Distribution, Enersource Hydro Mississauga, Horizon Utilities, Hydro Ottawa, PowerStream, Toronto Hydro Electric System, Union Gas Limited and Veridian Connections Inc. call centres will also advise customers about how to apply to Winter Warmth, where applicable, and direct them to the appropriate agency.

After successful completion of the application process, funding will be credited directly to the applicant's utility bill.

Eligibility

Eligible grant recipients include households that cannot pay their current energy bill due to reduced income levels or extenuating circumstances, are in arrears or at risk of going into arrears, have recently received a disconnection notice and have exhausted all other sources of financial support.

Contact Information

  • Burlington Hydro
    David Collie
    CEO
    (905) 332-2264
    or
    Enersource Corporation
    Catharine Katic
    Marketing and Communications Specialist
    (905) 283-4228
    or
    Hydro Ottawa Limited
    R. Susan Barrett
    Manager, Communications & Public Affairs
    (613) 221-0063
    or
    Toronto Hydro Corporation
    Paul Reesor, Communications Consultant
    Community Involvement, Events & Sponsorship
    (416) 542-3043
    or
    Veridian Connections Inc.
    George Armstrong
    Manager, Regulatory Affairs and Key Projects
    (905) 427-9870 ext. 2202
    or
    Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc.
    Debbie Boukydis
    Director, Public & Government Affairs
    (416) 495-5682
    or
    Horizon Utilities
    Eileen Campbell
    Vice-President Customer Services
    (905) 317-4736
    or
    PowerStream Inc.
    Debbie Conte
    Corporate Communications Specialist
    (905) 532-4528
    or
    Union Gas Limited
    Andrea Stass
    Media Relations Manager
    (519) 436-5490
    or
    United Way of Canada - Centraide Canada
    Bonnie Morris
    Vice President Resource Development
    (613) 783-6809