LOCAL HOME ENERGY EXPERTS AND NEW DEMOCRAT MPS SAY EXPIRY OF ECOENERGY PRGRAM WILL SET-BACK JOB CREATION AND ENERGY SAVINGS

MPs joined by constituents and stakeholders

(Windsor, ON) – Today, Joe Comartin, M.P. for Windsor-Tecumseh and Brian Masse, M.P. for Windsor-West were accompanied by Todd Downey, Vice President of Operations from Energuy Canada Ltd., Larry Wright, Service Manager at Fahrhall, Michael Drouillard from AAA Home Insulation, and constituents to discuss the impact of the government`s decision to end the ecoENERGY-Homes grants by June 30, 2012 on jobs and green energy savings in Windsor-Essex.

“ecoENERGY is revenue positive for governments, it is proven to stimulate job-growth in home renovation, and it promotes green-energy solutions for home-owners who are looking for cost-effective savings plans,” said Joe Comartin.

Since its establishment in 2007, the program created approximately 250 jobs alone in the Windsor-Essex area and over 3000 people in the energy-evaluation field in Canada which rely directly on the program’s existence. It is the only retrofit incentive for Ontarians hoping to undergo home renovations.

“The program’s original mandate was to reward homeowners to conserve energy in their home, reduce carbon dioxide emissions and to create jobs,” indicated Todd Downey, “Since the announcement on January 29th to end the program early, we have already lost jobs relying directly on this program. It`s inevitable more jobs will be lost once grants are phased out on June 30th.”

The impact of the ecoENERGY-Homes program was echoed by constituents who shared their experience with job loss due to the early cancellation of the program at the press conference. For example, AAA In-Home Insulation Windsor has lost almost 90% of its employees. Energuy South in Windsor/Chatham, a company that provides a wide range of home energy audits and recommends upgrades, has cut its staff down by 25%. 

“If we’re going to invest in the future, we can start with the foundation of our homes. It’s only logical to keep investing in solutions that make life more affordable with a positive impact on energy conservation. We will persist in advocating for the extension of this program in Ottawa”, noted Brian Masse.

By way of background, the Conservative government has cancelled its $400 million ecoENERGY retrofit program two months ahead of schedule. The program, which was renewed last year, offers Canadians up to $5000 to make their homes more energy efficient.

Attached is a supplementary factsheet outlining economic and environmental of the ecoENERGY- Homes retrofit program.