Enersource Corporation

Enersource Corporation

February 07, 2006 12:44 ET

Enersource and United Way Bring Winter Warmth to Mississauga

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 7, 2006) -

Attention Business/News Editors:

Mild winter or not, many Mississauga residents face some very harsh financial realities when the electricity bill arrives. Today, there's some welcome "winter warmth" available, as the United Way of Peel Region and Enersource Hydro Mississauga announced the launch of the 2006 Winter Warmth Fund. The fund provides financial assistance to eligible low-income individuals and families who are struggling to pay their electricity bills and runs to April.

The Winter Warmth Fund, originally established by United Way, Enbridge Gas Distribution and Toronto Hydro, will now provide grants to residents of Mississauga who have hydro bills they cannot pay and are at risk of losing their hydro service. Resources for the program are contributed by Enersource, to the United Way and requests for assistance will be managed by Dixie-Bloor Neighbourhood Centre, a United Way-funded agency.

"We welcome the opportunity to sponsor this program through the United Way, using their support and expertise in delivering funds to the most vulnerable individuals and families," says Gunars Ceksters, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Winter Warmth is an ideal fit with a wide range of Enersource programs designed to assist all customers with strategies to conserve energy," added Ceksters. "In addition to financial assistance bringing immediate relief to needy residents, the program integrates the no- cost installation of energy saving devices to help low-income families with the long term challenge of managing their electricity costs."

"United Way is proud to join forces with Enersource to bring this important initiative to Mississauga," says Shelley White, United Way of Peel Region CEO. "There are thousands of families and individuals in our city who are struggling to make ends meet. The Winter Warmth Fund will make a real difference."

How the Fund works

Families and individuals needing assistance to pay their Enersource Hydro Mississauga bill can apply for a grant through Dixie-Bloor Neighbourhood Centre. A caseworker at the Centre will ask the applicant some questions to see whether they qualify under the program. After a successful application process, a one-time credit will be applied directly to the applicant's Enersource account.

Who is eligible to receive assistance?

Eligible grant recipients include individuals and families living below or near the poverty line who are in arrears or at risk of going into arrears on their Enersource bill and who have exhausted all other sources of financial support.

Who to contact for financial assistance

Customers can contact Dixie-Bloor Neighbourhood Centre to submit an application for funding:

Dixie-Bloor Neighbourhood Centre

3439 Fieldgate Dr., Mississauga L4X 2J4

(905) 629-1873

The mission of United Way of Peel Region is to bring people and resources together through partnerships to create an enriched and healthy community for all. Since its inception in 1957, United Way of Peel Region has raised more than $180-million to meet priority needs in the community.

Enersource Corporation is 90% owned by the City of Mississauga, and 10% by BPC Energy Corporation, a subsidiary of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System. The utility's core electricity distribution business Enersource Hydro Mississauga serves approximately 180,000 customers. Corporate social responsibility is a recognized high priority of the corporation as it focuses on growing activities in the promotion and delivery of conservation and smart metering solutions to meet government objectives, and increasing involvement in distributed and renewable energy generation to enhance provincial electricity supply.

Contact Information

  • Media contacts:
    Enersource Corporation
    Ken MacDonald
    Sr. Manager, Communications & Government Relations
    (905) 283-4050
    Email: kmacdonald@enersource.com

    Enersource Corporation
    Liz Leake
    Director, Communications and Marketing
    (905) 602-3624
    Email: lleake@unitedwaypeel.org