“A good day at the office” – Ontario Electricity Support Program Now Accepting Applications

Back in March of this year we welcomed the announcement of the launch of the Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP) for low-income electricity consumers. We noted then that the OESP is the culmination of a long campaign by the Low Income Energy Network (LIEN). Click here to read that post.

We were pleased therefore to read the Ontario Energy Board’s (OEB) recent announcement that the OESP is now accepting applications and flattered to receive the following kind words from LIEN:

Mary and Paul – You were such a big part of finally getting this program in place.  Time to pat yourselves on the back. That Divisional Court decision set us on the path to getting the pyramid of programs in place in Ontario to address energy poverty.

It’s not the exact model that LIEN put forward – and Roger Colton [LIEN’s expert economist] was awesome in his presentation on that model during the OEB consultation – but, as he said to us, putting $100 million to $200 million (depending on level of enrolment) annually into the pockets of poor people is “a good day at the office”.

The “Divisional Court decision” refers to an appeal in 2008 in which LIEN persuaded Ontario’s Divisional Court  that the OEB has jurisdiction to fix or approve affordable rates. (Advocacy Centre for Tenants-Ontario v. Ontario Energy Board).

Paul is proud to have represented LIEN as co-counsel in that appeal, together with Mary Truemner who, at that time was counsel with the Advocacy Centre for Tenants-Ontario (a constituent member of LIEN) and is now a Vice-chair of Ontario’s Human Right’s Tribunal.

Click here to read the press release and backgrounder.


Manning Environmental Law is a Canadian law firm based in Toronto, Ontario. Our practice is focussed on environmental law, energy law and aboriginal law. 

Paul Manning is a certified specialist in environmental law. He has been named as one of Canada’s leading Environmental Lawyers by Who’s Who Legal: Canada and ranked by Lexpert as one of Canada’s Leading Energy Lawyers.

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