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 diverse multilingual and multicultural 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.
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.