Condo owners pushing for speedy fix to Alberta’s electricity rebate program

(L-R) Jeremy Nixon, Minister of Seniors, Community and Social Services, Matt Jones, Minister of Affordability and Utilities, & Travis Toews, President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance. (Government of Alberta)

COF – Continuing to advocate for Alberta Condominium Owners

We continue to advocate for the Government of Alberta to correct the current inequity and unfairness in the Energy Rebate program.

Many Alberta condo owners are receiving the electricity rebate if they are being billed directly by their utility, but those who pay for their electricity as part of their Condo fees are not.

We have not let the issue die.

The province said, in early December, the legislative changes included in the Inflation Relief Statutes Amendment Act, 2022 would enable the government to deliver timely, effective cost-of-living supports and inflation relief to Albertans. 

However Minister Matt Jones has not yet told us how he will include the estimated more than 300,000 Albertans living in Condominiums that have been left out of the electricity rebate program since it’s inception in July of 2022.

The Condo Owners Forum Society, and other Condo Groups have been asking for changes allowing more inclusivity since May of 2022 and have had very little feedback on our proposals from the Government. We are, however, encouraged by Minister Jones more recent statements that his ministry is working on a way to get rebates to customers who are currently excluded from the program.

We are discouraged that there have been no timelines or details during Minister’s nearly three months in office.

"If we can stand up an affordability portal to distribute $900 million to 1.5 million Albertans in two months. surely we can do this" said Jones in an interview with Postmedia on January 22nd, 2023

See full story by Lisa Johnson in the Edmonton Journal by clicking on the image

We expect Minister Jones to bring his promised changes forward to this program in the upcoming Legislative Session rather than leaving it to become an election issue this Spring.

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On March 23rd COF Board Members Terry Gibson and Phil Rosenzweig were invited to he Alberta Legislature to be there when the petition that was launched on February 3rd 2023 was tabled in the House. During that session, which turned out to be the last session of the 30th Legislature, NDP MLA for Edmonton-Riverview Lori Sigurdson was able to ask Affordability and Utilities Minister Matt Jones several questions regarding the affordability program which we see as still inherently unfair to many Owners and Tenants in Multi Family buildings.

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