Union Gas to Provide Emergency Heating Relief for Low-Income Families
Launches 2013 Winter Warmth program
CHATHAM, ON, Feb. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Union Gas is launching its annual year-long
Winter Warmth program, which offers emergency relief to low-income families
who have difficulty paying their natural gas bills.
The program operates in partnership with 29 community agencies across the
province. It allows customers to receive one-time financial assistance of up
to $500 per household per year.
"Providing assistance to low-income households who are facing difficulties
paying their natural gas bills is one of the ways we demonstrate our
commitment to helping change the living conditions for individuals and
families in the communities we serve for the better," said Steve Baker,
president of Union Gas. "Through the Winter Warmth program, we're making a
real difference for families in need."
Since 2007, about 7,500 low-income families in communities served by Union Gas
have received assistance from Winter Warmth, through emergency relief grants
totaling almost $3 million dollars.
In addition to participating in the Winter Warmth program, the company also
contributes to the needs of low-income customers through the delivery of
energy conservation programs.
"We understand that low-income consumers experience significant challenges
meeting all their household expenses. Conservation is one of the most
powerful, long-term solutions to permanently lower natural gas use and gives
customers results where they have the most impact - through lower energy
bills," added Baker
Union Gas provides a range of tools and education to give consumers the power
to take control and manage their energy use. For more information, visit
Eligible participants include Union Gas customers from low-income households
who, due to reduced income or personal difficulties, are in arrears or at risk
of going into arrears on their gas bill and have exhausted all other sources
of financial support.
Union Gas also promotes conservation as a long-term solution to permanently
lower heating bills, providing a range of tools and education initiatives
designed to give consumers the opportunity to take control and manage their
energy use. For more information, please visit uniongas.com/energyefficiency.
How the Fund Works
Union Gas contributes funding to the program, while United Way of Chatham-Kent
determines and manages the level of funding for each agency based on its
assessment of individual community need. Each year, the agencies that locally
manage the Union Gas Winter Warmth program are asked to communicate to United
Way of Chatham-Kent the amount of funding required to help families in their
communities, who in turn work with these communities to address granting
needs. For additional information on Winter Warmth and a list of local
delivery agencies visit uniongas.com/community/winterwarmth.
For more than 100 years, Union Gas has been privileged to work in more than
400 Ontario communities. In addition to natural gas delivery services for
homes and businesses, Union Gas has contributed to the province through
significant economic investments, hundreds of jobs, millions in municipal
taxes, energy efficiency programs, thousands of volunteer hours for community
organizations, major charitable giving and sponsorships.
About Union Gas
Union Gas Limited is a major Canadian natural gas storage, transmission and
distribution company based in Ontario with 100 years of experience and service
to customers. The distribution business serves about 1.4 million residential,
commercial and industrial customers in more than 400 communities across
northern, southwestern and eastern Ontario. One of Canada's Top 100 Employers
for 2013, Union Gas is a Spectra Energy (NYSE: SE) company with assets of $5.8
billion and approximately 2,200 employees. For more information, visit
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