In the next 18 years, Stats Canada is projecting that we will welcome between 2.7M and 6.4M immigrants into our country.
Homes don’t come with owners’ manuals. And homeowners don’t always know how home energy systems connect to their comfort or their health. In many of Canada’s new immigrant and ethnically diverse communities, this means families are living with high energy bills, damp or drafty homes, and even mould, mildew or leaking gas.
Information and services are out there to help families like these improve the health, safety and performance of their homes. Local governments, businesses and utilities simply haven’t found a way to effectively engage these communities.
This is where Empower Me comes in.
After 5 years of success, we are BC's longest running, most inclusive energy efficiency program since 2012 with:
People we have Empowered
Tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions avoided
Homes we’ve provided customized advice for
Living-wage jobs created for new Canadians
Empower Me is a trusted source
Many newcomers to Canada have lived in countries where corruption is a normal part of life. Based on their experience of relationships between government and civilians in their home countries, it makes sense that new Canadians would eye civic relationships here with suspicion. Like anyone, immigrants are most likely to readily accept information from a trusted source.
Empower Me has become that trusted source, acting as a bridge between underserved communities and the main stream.