May 4: REGISTER now for the LIEN annual conference!

April 12, 2018

Information from Low-Income Energy Network (LIEN): Did you know that ACTO, CELA and ISAC were instrumental in founding the Low-Income Energy Network (LIEN) in 2004? With financial support first from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and now from LAO, ACTO and CELA, LIEN successfully advocated for the development and implementation of provincial conservation and financial assistance programs that enable low-income Ontarians to maintain their essential energy services.

Over the years, LIEN has become widely recognized, and sought out, as the primary go-to organization with expertise on low-income energy issues. We regularly assist community legal clinic staff across the province with their clients’ energy-related matters.

Every year, LIEN holds its annual conference, a public education event that creates awareness about energy poverty and solutions to address it.

As always, we are pleased to invite clinic staff to this year’s event, “Ensuring Universal Access to Energy”, which will be held in Toronto!

Let’s come together to share solutions, common challenges, and to celebrate our successes in helping low-income consumers meet their home energy needs.

Do you know what the Fair Hydro Plan is? Are you overwhelmed by the acronyms? Do you want to know what OESP, LEAP EFA, HAP, and CHPI stand for and how they may be able to assist you or your client to meet their energy needs?

Come to the LIEN annual conference to find out:

  • Why electricity prices are rising
  • Where to obtain  information on free energy conservation and efficiency retrofit programs to help you lower your electricity and gas bills
  • How to apply for financial assistance to help you pay for your electricity and gas bills
  • About energy as an aspect of the right to housing

Leave with an enhanced awareness and understanding of existing energy assistance and conservation programs.

We hope that the conference results in new and increased collaboration, new approaches, and improved practices across the province.

This event is open to anyone with an interest in reducing energy poverty in Ontario, including:

  • Community legal clinic staff
  • Social service agencies
  • Frontline service providers
  • Low-income advocates
  • Anti-poverty groups
  • Utility representatives
  • Government decision-makers

There is no registration fee for this conference and lunch will be provided, but we ask that you register as soon as possible so that we can order the right amount of food. Space is limited. Preference will be given to those who register by April 29, 2018 at

The draft agenda is now posted. 

Event Information:

When:  Friday, May 4, 2018, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Where: 63 Gould Street, Oakham House, Ryerson University, Thomas Lounge (ground floor)