Now that the election is upon us, where do we sit with more eligibility for condominium owners to receive energy rebates
After almost a year of Frustration we go into a provincial election without the necessary changes to the affordability program
In May 2022, the Government enacted several Energy Rebate programs. As soon as the program was announced, with the passing of Bill 18 Utility, the Commodity Rebate Act, we knew there was a potential problem in that residents in multifamily buildings with single meters or on sub-meters would not be eligible.
We communicated with the Minister at the time, Dale Nally and received no positive communications from his office other that it was ‘too difficult’ to include these families.
In November of 2023 we contacted with new Minister of Affordability and Utilities, Matt Jones, continuing to advocate for the estimated 150,000 families that did not receive the electricity rebate.
Despite a new act increasing affordability options, a successful petition tabled in the Alberta legislature and several meetings with Minister Jones and members of his senior team, we find ourselves in the same position as when the legislation was
Shouldn’t all energy consumers be eligible to receive these rebates regardless of their building type? After the election can this not be accomplished irrespective of which party forms government? Isn’t it the right thing to do?
If you live in a Condo you should be be asking your candidates these questions!
Will you advocate a retroactive payment, direct to consumers or Condominium Boards, of $500 per family (unit), to all energy consumers, owners, and tenants, numbering close to 150,000 families, who were ineligible for the Electricity Rebates and the future Natural Gas Rebates, because of the type the building they live in?
COF Tables Petition on the last day of the legislative sitting
On March 23, 2023, COF Board Members Terry Gibson and Phil Rosenzweig were invited to the Alberta Legislature to be there when the petition that was launched on February 3, 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.